A fatal truck accident near Mulberry Grove, Illinois, killed a woman and her elementary school-age daughters. An 18-wheeler smashed into the back of the woman's car when she stopped her Toyota Camry to allow deer to cross Interstate 70.
The cause of death for a 21-year-old Illinois accident victim could not be determined at a Logan County inquest. Officials know the Chicago woman was in a car stopped in the right lane of Interstate 55 -- all lights off -- when a tractor-trailer, traveling at highway speed, drove into and over the stationary vehicle.
Classmates, friends and family members are struggled to process the grief they feel over the deaths of a young Naperville woman and two Plainfield men. A recent fatal truck accident ended the lives of the former Plainfield North High School students and robbed surviving friends and family of any future with the young adults.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), commercial truck accidents lead to 5000 fatalities and 150,000 injuries annually on U.S. streets and highways. Almost 25 percent of passenger deaths involve a large truck in the crash. These are alarming statistics, especially considering the role of driver fatigue in many truck accidents.
A 40-year-old man admitted he had been drinking before the vehicle he was operating crashed into a train in Itasca. The drunk driving accident injured and later claimed the life of the man's 30-year-old girlfriend, a passenger sitting closest to the deadly impact of the moving train.