One person was killed and a child was ejected from a vehicle in a three-vehicle crash on I-57 in Illinois earlier this week. The accident occurred in Monee, Illinois, on Interstate 57 near Manhattan-Monee Road. The accident claimed the life of a 29-year-old man from Glenwood and a child was ejected from another vehicle that was involved in the wreck, according to reports.
The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene around 3:40 in the afternoon in Will County. The man was driving a Ford sedan when his vehicle was hit from behind by a 2003 Cadillac Escalade. His vehicle was pushed by the Escalade into the back of a Volvo tanker truck. The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of I-57 as traffic was moving at a slow pace.
The driver of the Cadillac Escalade was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash on a revoked driver's license. The child ejected in the crash was ejected from the Escalade because the child was not properly restrained in the back seat. The child suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the Escalade also suffered minor injuries.
After being released from the hospital, the driver of the Escalade was charged with driving on a revoked license, failure to properly restrain a child, and failure to reduce vehicle speed to avoid an accident.
Car accidents that cause personal injury are all too common throughout Illinois. The most severe accidents can lead to traumatic injuries and even death. Protect yourself and your loved ones each time you head out on the road by leaving space between vehicles, driving the speed limit and being on the lookout for distracted drivers.
Source: Manhattan Patch, "Driver Killed In 3-Car Crash On I-57," May 15, 2018