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State police release name of second person who died in I-80 crash

Police and inspection crews comb over the scene of fatal truck crash Tuesday between Larkin Avenue and Houbolt Road in Joliet. Two people have died in the crash.
Police and inspection crews comb over the scene of fatal truck crash Tuesday between Larkin Avenue and Houbolt Road in Joliet. Two people have died in the crash.

JOLIET – Illinois State Police released the name of the second person who died in Tuesday’s morning crash on Interstate 80 in Joliet.

Jugoslav Djordjevic, 49, of LaGrange, succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced decreased Wednesday at a hospital, according to an ISP news release. Djordjevic was the driver of the disabled tractor-trailer involved in the crash.

Sami S. Guzick, 50, of Joliet, was killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. Douglass Norfleet, 46, of Chicago, another driver in the crash, was hospitalized for serious injuries.

Guzick drove a truck tractor to replace a disabled truck tractor parked with its FedEx double trailer on the I-80 shoulder between Larkin Avenue and Houbolt Road shortly after 6 a.m., according to the state police.

Guzick was “outside assisting with the vehicles” when a tractor-trailer driven by Norfleet “veered off onto the right shoulder,” police said.

Norfleet’s truck slammed into the back of the disabled tractor-trailer and then hit Guzick “before becoming engulfed in flames,” police said.

“The interstate was shut down for over 10 hours while the Illinois State Police Reconstruction Unit was on scene and clean-up crews removed the remaining debris,” police said. “This crash is still under investigation at this time with charges pending.”

State Trooper Ken Shol said that, before first responders arrived, there were a couple of people trying to help drivers get out of the trucks at the scene.

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