The Springfield News-Sun explained the latest developments in the truck crash saga that took the lives of four Illinoisans and continues to affect the lives of an extended network of family and friends.
Early this year, on January 7th, a truck driver was behind the wheel of a tanker truck on a particularly cold, icy day. He was driving westbound on Interstate 70 near U.S. Route 40. At the same time several passengers in a Creative Learning Workshop van were traveling eastbound along the same highway.
As the two vehicles were passing one another, the tanker truck began sliding on the ice. The driver ultimately lost control, causing the massive vehicle to hit the oncoming van head-on. The damage was obviously significant. In total, four passengers in the Creative Learning van were killed in the crash. Investigations following the accident revealed that the truck driver was traveling much too fast for the conditions. His speed was a significant factor leading to the tragedy.
This week the negligent truck driver was finally sentenced following his conviction on four counts of vehicular manslaughter. He will spend at least 30 days in jail.
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