The Largest Personal Injury Firm in Texas. Serving Clients Nationwide.
Corpus Christi 361-985-0600 San Antonio 210-656-1000 Nationwide Toll Free 888-314-9945
Contact us 24/7

4 Dead in Illinois Trucking Accident

View all
Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Four people were killed and three others were airlifted to hospitals on Monday, following a multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 55, about 45 miles southwest of Chicago.

Details of the Chicago Trucking Accident

According to CBS, truck driver Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, was speeding through a work zone and driving erratically when he failed to stop and barreled into three vehicles that were stopped in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 around 2:30 pm.

The three vehicles, two cars and a van, were crushed by the impact, leaving three women and an 11-year-old girl dead. Crews worked four hours before they were finally able to separate the vehicles involved in the collision.

Those killed in the collision have been identified as 54-year-old Vicky L. Palacios, of Coal City; 48-year-old Ulrike P. Blopleh, of Channahon; and 43-year-old Kimberly K. Britton and 11-year-old Piper Britton, of Urbana.

Three other people were airlifted to nearby hospitals with serious injuries – their conditions and identities have not been released.

Espinal-Quiroz has been arrested in connection with the accident and is charged with keeping a false log book and willfully entering false information. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Man Killed in Second Trucking Accident Minutes Later

A second man was killed as a result of a separate trucking accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 within minutes of the first collision.

The second crash occurred roughly three miles from the first crash and involved two tractor-trailers. Both truck drivers were rushed to the hospital for medical attention – one driver died shortly after.

The deceased driver was identified as 41-year-old Deividas Mockus.

Trucking Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, marking a 4 percent increased from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks.
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles.
    • 381 were non-occupants including pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Another 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents, up 18 percent from 88,000 in 2011.


Contact Us for a FREE Case Review

888-314-9945 •