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Driver Criminally Charged in Deadly Illinois Truck Accident

The Southern reported last week on a truck accident that took the life a passenger in one of the two vehicles involved.

According to information provided by the Illinois State Police, the Illinois truck crash struck on Interstate 57 last Wednesday shortly before 3 p.m. A pick-up truck carrying three people was traveling in southern Illinois near the mile 38 marker of the interstate. The truck was hauling cattle in a trailer that was attached to the vehicle. At the same time a 27-year old man was driving a Camaro on the roadway with a 3-year old girl as a passenger.

For reasons still being investigated, the Camaro improperly hit the truck-trailer combination. As a result the trailer separated from the truck and the pick-up overturned in the median of the highway. All those involved in the accident were injured. One of the pick-up passengers was killed at the scene while the driver and second passenger were airlifted to local hospitals with serious injuries. The Camaro driver and young child also had injuries but none were expected to be life-threatening.

Following the accident the negligent driver faced several criminal charged for his misconduct. Police cited him for driving with a suspended license, failing to secure the child in a child restraint, failure to wear a seat-belt, driving an uninsured vehicle, speeding, and failing to reduce speed causing an accident.

Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are saddened to hear of this latest Illinois car accident. Roadway crashes involving large trailers are typically the most destructive on the roadway. As this accident indicates, the responsibility for truck safety lies as much on fellow drivers as on those behind the wheels of the larger vehicles. The potential for damage is the same whenever control is lost of these trucks, regardless of who caused the initial problem. Be sure to remain vigilant at all times while on our local highways.

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