Posted On: January 27, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Tractor-Trailer Crash Involving Chicago-Area Van Kills Two People and Injures 17 Others

A catastrophic tractor-trailer accident involving a van carrying a family headed back to Chicago has claimed the lives of two people while injuring 17 others. The deadly truck crash occurred at around 3:30 am today close to Edinburgh in Shelby County.

According to witnesses, the 2007 Freightliner and the 2010 Chevrolet passenger van were both going north on Interstate 65 when the van attempted to drive onto the shoulder. The blue truck, which one person says appears to have been weaving, hit the van from the rear, which caused the smaller vehicle to drive off the road, where it turned over.

Two of the van’s passengers, Sujal D. Patel and Vijay R. Patel, both 20, were pronounced dead at the truck crash site. 16 other van passengers were transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Several of the truck crash victims are children. While some of the van passengers sustained minor scratches, other passengers sustained serious injuries. The tractor-trailer driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his minor injuries.

Following the deadly tractor-trailer crash, the portion of Interstate 65 where the accident happened was shut down for five hours. An investigation is being conducted to determine what caused the deadly semi-truck crash.

Large Truck Accidents
If you were involved in Chicago tractor-trailer accident that you believe was the other party’s fault, you should contact a Cook County truck accident attorney immediately. There may be multiple parties that you should sue for Chicago, Illinois personal injury or wrongful death. This is not the type of injury case that you should handle without legal help.

Two dead in interstate accident, WTHR, January 25, 2010

Truck strikes van carrying Chicago-area family, killing 2, Chicago Breaking News, January 24, 2010

Related Web Resource:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

You need a personal injury law firm that has the experience, skills, and determination to zealously pursue your case and either successfully negotiate a settlement for you or zealously fight for your rights in civil court. For your free case evaluation, contact our Chicago, Illinois truck accident lawyers.

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