Three Tragically Die in Multi-Vehicle Accident in Effingham County
ILLINOIS – According to an online article at bnd.com, the Illinois State Police conducted a preliminary investigation of a multi-vehicle accident that killed three people and caused the shutdown of Interstate 70 for more than 6 hours.*
The Illinois State Police released the results of a preliminary investigation into a multi-vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 70 which left three people dead.
In the late morning, a white 18-wheeler operated by a 59-year-old man from Chesterfield, Michigan was going east on the highway in construction zone where traffic had come to a stop for unknown reasons. The trucker was unable to stop in time and hit into the back of a black GMC Yukon driving by a 59-year-old woman from Wildwood, Missouri, per the local police.
According to the police investigation, the tractor-trailer pushed the Yukon into a Utility semi-truck that was being towed by a black 18-wheeler in front of it. As a result of the accident, the white tractor-trailer being operated by the 59-year-old man then hit the concrete center line dividing wall before it stopped between the black tractor-trailer driven by a 39-year-old woman and the wall. The 39-year-old is from Lake City, Florida.
It appears that a fourth vehicle, a truck, was hit by the black 18-wheeler, which did not sustain any injuries, hence the driver left the scene of the accident.
There were three people that perished in the accident. This includes a man aged 63, the 59-year old woman, and a woman aged 61 from Wildwood, Missouri. There are three people that were taken to an area hospital for their injuries. These individuals are a 35-year-old man from Toledo, Ohio who was a passenger in the white 18-wheeler, a 66-year-old man from Wildwood, Missouri who was a passenger in the GMC Yukon, and a 68-year-old woman from St. Charles, Missouri, who was also a passenger in the GMC Yukon.
The driver of the white tractor-trailer has been cited for a failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the local police.
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