On Friday we reported on a tragic truck accident that ultimately killed three members of a Humboldt Park family.
According to reports the family was traveling in their SUV in the early morning, at 3:30am on an unlit portion of Interstate 65. Unexpectedly, their vehicle was hit from behind by a FedEx tractor trailer. That impact caused the SUV to spin out of control. It eventually flipped over-five passengers were ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
When emergency medical crews arrived, three people were pronounced dead at the scene. They included a 26-year old newlywed, and two sisters, one 9 years old and the other 11. The young girls are described as smart students who had plans to become nurses. Four others were injured in the truck accident, including two other children ages 5 and 2.
Now, WLKY News reports that the catastrophe is sparking calls to improve the highway where the trucking accident occurred. Specifically, some advocates are calling for an expansion of Interstate 65. There is currently a 45 mile long stretch of the highway that is only four lanes. Many are pushing efforts to widen the highway to six lanes.
A wider highway with more area for cars to travel is cited as necessary to ease the congestion in that stretch of roadway. In that way, it is hoped there would be less risk of vehicles bumping into one another and causing deadly accidents.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti are supportive of all logical measures to aid in the safety of travelers. The numbers of innocent victims whose lives are cut short because of these crashes remain too high. It is also important for all negligent drivers to be held responsible for their actions. All truck drivers should be well aware that even slight mistakes, like bumping a car in front of them, have staggeringly high consequences.
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