The Belleville News-Democrat reported last week on the details of an Illinois truck crash that took the life of a truck driver. According to police officers, the truck accident actually involved two different trucks including a dump truck that was traveling near Highland, Illinois last Wednesday
The 36-year old driver of a trash truck was traveling east on St. Rose Road at around 2 p.m. In front of his was a dump trump driven by a 62-year old Belleville man. The dump truck driver was apparently stopped on the road, waiting to turn left onto Baumann Road. Unfortunately the trash truck driver did not see the dump truck stopped in front of him. As a result, he slammed into the back of the turning machine.
The collision between the two large vehicles caused significant damages. The dump truck was pushed off the roadway, causing its driver to sustain serious injuries. The trash truck continued forward for a brief moment after the impact before sliding off to the left side of the road, flipping over, and bursting into flames. A passenger in the truck was ejected in the impact. The driver became stuck in the vehicle after it flipped over and was unable to escape the burning machine.
Police are still unclear what could have caused the trash truck driver to fail to see the stopped vehicle in front of him. Whether there was some obstruction or simple inattention to the road, the consequences of the brief driving mistake were severe.
Our Illinois truck crash attorneys at Levin & Perconti have worked with many families who have lost loved ones in these situations. We know that it is often only a moment of indecision or lapse in judgment that leads to these tragedies. We send condolences to the victims and hope that lessons about driving safety can be taken from this and similar accidents.
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