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Central Illinois Truck Crash Takes Life of Local Man

Police continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to a deadly truck crash on Interstate 74 near Danville yesterday morning. The Champaign News-Gazette has the story.

The 43-year old victim was traveling eastbound on Interstate 74 just after 11 in the morning. For reasons still unknown to authorities, the man’s 1999 Buick suddenly crossed the median and started traveling directly into on-coming westbound traffic. The car eventually struck a large semitrailer. The car was sent back into the median where it came to a rest. The semi was pushed into the westbound ditch where it caught on fire.

The truck driver was able to escape the vehicle before the fire caught on and only received minor injuries. The car driver and one passenger were rushed to a local hospital. The driver was pronounced dead shortly after while the passenger only suffered minor injuries. Reports indicate that the passenger was wearing a seatbelt while the driver was not.

Hopefully authorities are able to discover exactly what caused the car to careen across a median and into oncoming traffic. A slip of the wheel, a brief medical situation, or some other unique event may be at the root of the Illinois truck crash. It takes an investigation and proper analysis to fully uncover the cause. Considering a life has been lost in the crash, it is important to fully discover the source.

Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that these accidents come in a variety of forms with a variety of causes. It is impossible to protect oneself permanently against the risk of involvement in one of these accidents. However, consistent safe driving practices can be followed which drastically limit the risk. We encourage all local drivers to follow that model and help ensure our roadways remain safe and secure.

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