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Deadly accident sparks police investigation

One person is dead after a car accident in Illinois. Police are investigating the crash to determine exactly what took place and why it occurred.

The wreck happened on Illinois Route 111 in a rural part of Macoupin County on Saturday, Nov. 3 around 6:30 a.m.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), two pickup trucks were driving down the road, with one heading south and the other traveling north. The southbound truck apparently crossed the center line and then slammed into the northbound truck. The head-on crash took the life of the northbound driver, a 66-year-old man.

Police are not sure why the truck crossed the center line. That is the initial focus of their investigation.

The 66-year-old man passed away at the scene. The other driver did survive with injuries, and he was rushed to the hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening. Two passengers -- one from each truck -- also got hurt in the crash. Again, their injuries are not life-threatening, but they did go to the hospital for treatment.

The investigation, which closed the road for seven hours, is being handled by the ISP's Crash Reconstruction Unit. The 44-year-old driver who survived the accident was given citations for driving too fast, not carrying insurance, driving with a suspended license and using lanes improperly. The full scope of the charges may not be known until the investigation is complete.

Those who suffer serious injuries or lose loved ones in car accidents need to know if they have a right to compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages and more.

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