A recent pair of truck crashes that took place on I-55 in Illinois left several people injured and dead. Now, a new update from Aug. 7 has said that another person injured in one of the crashes has passed away from his injuries. Reports say that the 64-year-old driver involved in a tractor-trailer crash has been pronounced dead.
In the first truck crash, which involved a truck that collided with several cars and other vehicles, four people were killed. They included a 43-year-old woman and 11-year-old girl from Urbana, a 54-year-old woman from Coal City and a 48-year-old woman from Channahon.
In their case, the driver of the semi, a 51-year-old man, has already been charged. He faces felony charges for the false reporting of driving records and for the failure to maintain record of duty status. He did not reduce his speed before the crash, so he has also been cited for the failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident.
The second crash took place just minutes after the first several miles to the north. In that accident, a tractor-trailer had rear-ended a big rig, and both drivers ended up at local hospitals. One of those drivers has now been pronounced dead 16 days after the initial crash. The news did not report which driver was killed.
Inattention or other factors could have caused these accidents and those like them, and if you're involved in a crash due to negligence, you probably want to see the at-fault party held accountable. You may be able to seek compensation to help pay your medical bills and other losses.
Source: NBC Chicago, "Fifth Person Dies From Interstate 55 Chain-Reaction Crash" Aug. 07, 2014