A panel of five on the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that faulty brakes and an inattentive driver were the probable cause of an accident involving a truck and an Amtrak train which killed six last year out west. The truck driver, train conductor, and four passengers died while more than a dozen others suffered injuries in the accident.
Franklin County investigators want to know why a car driven by a West Frankfort driver crossed over the middle line of Rend Lake Dam Road. Illinois State Police and county sheriff's deputies suspect, but have not confirmed, that drunk driving played a role in a fatal car accident.
Motorcyclists are well aware of the dangers they face on the roads. When an accident does occur, riders and their passengers are more apt to sustain serious injuries and even fatalities than accidents involving automobiles.
In recent months, distracted driving - driving while using a cell phone, GPS device or other electronic device - has received a great deal of attention as a leading cause of serious motor vehicle accidents. And while leading studies indicate that distracted driving is, in fact, dangerous, a new study from the U.S. Transportation Department indicates that drinking and driving is still a more serious threat.
Regina Cabrales has filed a suit in the Cook County Circuit Court against Araceli Beas, claiming she had been driving while updating her Facebook page when she fatally struck Cabrales' father in South Chicago. Beas' mother denied the allegations regarding her daughter in court February 15, claiming Beas posted the message when she was two miles away from the scene of the crash.