Posted On: October 31, 2006 by Christopher T. Hurley

Chicago area trucker killed in tollway chain reaction collision

A chain-reaction collision south of Chicago on the Illinois Tri-State Tollway involving four semi-trailer trucks has caused the death of a truck driver. The collision occurred at 12:40 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate Highway 294, a quarter-mile west of the Lincoln Oasis, near South Holland, Illinois.

According to a Chicago Tribune report by Jeremy Gorner, three semis driving ahead of the dead truck driver were either slowing down or stopped in a construction zone when the last truck in line failed to slow down on time, hitting the one in front.

The dead trucker was a resident of the Chicago area. Two other truck drivers were injured in the crash and were taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois.

Pursuant to the Illinois Vehicle Code, 735 ILCS 5/11-710(a), “[t]he driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.” This statute establishes the duty of all drivers in Illinois who approach other vehicles from the rear. Violation of the statute, and a rear-end collision which results in injuries, can result in tort liability for the offending driver.

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