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3 injured when truck driver loses coal in Illinois accident

A simple truck driver error in Illinois can cause a major and life-changing accident. Whether it is quickly looking down to read a text message, swerving out of a lane, or speeding, these types of driving behaviors frequently lead to crashes.

Take for example a recent accident on Interstate 55/70 in Madison, Illinois. It appears a truck driver did not reduce his speed when he should have and lost the load of coal he was carrying.

The accident happened around 6:45 p.m. The truck driver was exiting the interstate onto Illinois Route 230 when the tractor-trailer he was operating tipped over. This sent 40,000 pounds of coal all over the bridge.

Other drivers on the interstate tried to react to this spill. However, the truck tipping over caused a chain reaction involving five other vehicles. Two vehicles sideswiped each other and another driver, in an effort to avoid the accident, slammed on their brakes. This resulted in two other vehicles slamming into yet another vehicle.

In total, of the six vehicles involved, three people were injured and were transported to the hospital. The truck driver was charged with failure to reduce speed and losing his load.

This accident highlights the dangers of truck driver error and improper loading.

As mentioned in the beginning of this post, all it takes is for one error in judgment for a truck driver to cause an accident. Additionally, with improper loading, this can mean either a truck was overloaded from the beginning, or the load was not properly secured. When this happens it can lead to items falling off the truck and either hitting other vehicles, or causing an accident as vehicles try to avoid what fell off of the truck.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Truck spills coal on ramp in Illinois, causing six-vehicle crash," Denise Hollinshed, Feb. 9, 2013

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