Tragic news out of southern Illinois of a truck crash that took the lives of two local women was reported yesterday in Tri-State Media.
A 42-year old female driver was traveling east on Illinois Route 13. A Peterbuilt semi-trailer was traveling behind her on Route 13. The woman stopped her car in traffic in preparation for making a left turn onto Old Shawneetown Road. Unfortunately the semi driver behind her failed to see her stop; he did not slow down. His truck slammed into the back of the woman’s car.
The collision forced the car into oncoming traffic. A westbound Freightliner semi crashed into the passenger side of the vehicle. This second impact sent the car careening back into the original negligent truck. The impact caused severe damage to the Frieghtliner; the truck burst into flames following the collision.
This horrific Illinois truck crash ultimately claimed the lives of the female car driver and her 43-year old passenger. Both were ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Freightliner was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but the other truck driver remained unharmed.
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti remain saddened by the losses suffered in so many of these accidents. We have worked with many victims and their families after negligent truck drivers have caused crashes with catastrophic consequences. Ideally no family would ever have to endure this suffering. However, if it occurs it is imperative that victims hold the negligent drivers and trucking companies accountable so that future truck crash victims are spared similar heartbreak.
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