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Fiery I-55 crash leaves Wilmington woman seriously injured

Deceased truck driver remains unidentified

A deadly traffic crash last week on Interstate 55 left a Wilmington woman seriously injured, Illinois State Police have said.
A deadly traffic crash last week on Interstate 55 left a Wilmington woman seriously injured, Illinois State Police have said.

A deadly traffic crash last week on Interstate 55 left a Wilmington woman seriously injured, Illinois State Police said.

A semitrailer driver died after the five-vehicle collision during Thursday evening’s rush hour. The deceased individual still had not been identified Monday afternoon, said a representative from the Will County Coroner’s Office.

State police said Friday that a 73-year-old Wilmington woman also was seriously injured.

The now-deceased truck driver was traveling north on Interstate 55 about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, toward the construction zone south of Arsenal Road, state police said. Traffic was backed up south of Lorenzo Road at mile marker 239, but the driver reportedly failed to stop in time, causing a chain reaction.

The semitrailer struck the pickup truck the Wilmington woman was driving, which then struck another semitrailer with a 31-year-old Danville man inside. The second semitrailer hit a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which a 39-year-old Dwight man was driving, and the Chevrolet rear-ended a Toyota Prius with a 66-year-old St. Louis man inside.

The semitrailers and Chevrolet caught fire. The truck driver was pronounced dead on the scene.

All northbound lanes were closed after the incident until about 2 a.m. Friday, state police said. No one else reported injuries. State police are investigating the cause of the crash.

“Please use caution when approaching all construction zones,” state police said.

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