A recent Illinois crash left two truck drivers dead, illustrating how vulnerable truck operators are if they break down on the highway.

Champaign, IL- A breakdown on the highway is a scary and most motorists are acutely aware of the dangers facing them. All the cars and trucks are speeding by, and anyone on the shoulder of the road is vulnerable. It just takes a minor miscalculation on behalf of a motorist to cause a deadly crash on the shoulder of a highway. That disturbing fact is illustrated by a recent Illinois semi-truck crash that left two truck drivers dead and resulted in citations for a third.

Driver Cited for Crash that Killed Two People

The truck driver accused of causing an accident that killed two people was cited for the crash which occurred on September 25, 2017.

The wreck happened in the eastbound lanes of I-80 near Joliet, IL around 6:00 a.m. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a FedEx double-trailer was disabled and parked on the shoulder awaiting assistance. Another FedEx driver came to help the disabled driver and parked in front of the disabled truck.

The driver of the second FedEx truck, a 50-year-old woman, was standing outside the vehicles when a passing tractor-trailer struck the disabled double-trailer pushing into the assisting FedEx truck.  The striking tractor-trailer was engulfed in flames after the crash, according to the Sun-Times.

Both Fed Ex drivers suffered fatal injuries. The woman driving the assisting vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the first truck was taken to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Police cited the truck driver, a 46-year-old man from Chicago for failure to maintain lane and speeding, the Sun-Times reports. He was taken to the hospital in serious injury.

This crash is still under investigation, so the exact cause is unknown.

Drivers with a history of traffic citations are at greater risk of causing a deadly or injuries commercial truck crash.

Truck Drivers with a Troubling History

We don’t know anything about the driving history of the person who caused the crash above, but to truck accident victims, the history of a truck driver is critical, as is the history of the trucking company. An American Transport Research Institute study, based on analysis of crash data from 587,772 truck drivers in U.S. identified behaviors that increase the risk of a collision. Those behaviors include:

Erratic lane changes

Distracted or inattentive driving

Driving 15 miles or more over the speed limit

Failing to use a turn signal

Failure to obey traffic sign or signal

Improper passing

History of past wrecks

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