The report of a recent crash involving five vehicles in Illinois states that one man has been pronounced dead from his injuries. The truck crash involved a semi-truck, a sports utility vehicle and other vehicles. The 74-year-old victim was a passenger in the SUV driven by his wife, a 71-year-old woman.
The Illinois State Police reported that the semi's driver was headed south on I-39 near mile marker 112 when his semi-truck and trailer rear-ended the SUV. The Illinois State Police crash report indicated that the driver of the semi failed to slow down for slower traffic. That's when he collided with the SUV and forced it into the west ditch. He was entering a construction zone when the crash occurred.
The man's wife was extricated following the accident. The Monroe Center Fire Department was at the scene and had the woman transported to OSF St. Anthony's Medical Center by Lifeline helicopter. At the time of the report, the woman was listed in critical condition.
Others were also involved in this tragic crash. The truck also went on to strike a passenger car with a 64-year-old woman inside and a passenger car being driven by a 71-year-old man. One passenger in a vehicle was taken to Rochelle Hospital for her injuries.
This accident is still under investigation, but the police have already ticketed the semi driver. The driver, a 55-year-old man, has been charged with the failure to reduce speed and for starting the fatal chain reaction crash. The crash, which happened at approximately 3:06 p.m., also injured the man. He was taken to the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford for treatment.
Source: Ogle County News, "Fatal multiple vehicle accident on I-39" Chris Johnson, Jun. 18, 2014