Two serious chain-reaction collisions that occurred this past week have caused numerous fatalities and personal injuries, and both scenes have continued to be investigated by emergency crews. The first accident occurred at approximately 10:33am in Posey County near Mount Vernon and consisted of a collision involving two pick-up trucks and a commercial vocational flatbed truck, according to Poseycountynews.com. Police investigations reveal that a 73-year old man of Norris City, Illinois was driving his pick up truck west on State Road 62, approaching the Sauerkraut Lane intersection. His vehicle then traveled left of the centerline on the two-lane highway and struck an eastbound flatbed trailer, pulled by a 55-year old man of Evansville. The pick-up then continued traveling further into the eastbound lane and struck another pick-up truck, whose 49-year old driver of Evansville was following immediately behind the trailer. Both pick-ups were then forced from the roadway as a result of the impact.
A Posey County Coroner pronounced the driver of the first pick up truck dead at the scene, while the second pick up truck driver was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville with non life-threatening injuries. The flatbed trailer driver was checked at the scene by emergency medical personnel and did not suffer substantial physical injuries. State Police and Fire Departments are currently assisting in investigation of the scene.
The second traffic pile-up, detailed by Theindependent.com, included a succession of crashes beginning at 4:30am near the Illinois and Iowa border. A 27-year old of Big Lake, Minnesota was killed when his semitrailer truck slammed into the back of another semi in the westbound lane of I-80, who’s 66-year old driver of Oak Park, Illinois had stopped because of mechanical problems.
While police investigated this accident, traffic backed up and a second fatal crash occurred. A 25-year old driver of River Grove, Illinois was driving a semi truck that crashed into a car, which struck another car, which was pushed under another truck. Both drivers of the cars and their passengers were killed on impact. The County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol closed a stretch of I-80 for most of Sunday and vehicles traveling west were rerouted on U.S Highway 30.
From the perspective of one of our Chicago truck accident attorneys, chain reaction collisions similar to those described in the above reports can happen in a matter of seconds and cause serious injury to those involved. When these collisions include semi trucks or other large commercial vehicles, the likelihood of a serious injury greatly increases. If another motorist suddenly brakes or there is a stall in traffic, keeping a safe distance from the vehicles in front of you, as well as properly maintaining your own vehicle, will not only help to keep you safe, but will help to prevent accidents and injury to others on the road.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries, medical expenses, or property damage as a result of a trucking accident, contact our law firm at Levin & Perconti to find out if legal recourse may be available to you.