UPDATE:Driver charged in Will County crash that killed 4

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- A semi-truck driver involved in a Will County crash that killed four people has been charged.

According to the Illinois State Police, the semi-truck was speeding on Interstate 55 near Channahon when it struck several vehicles stopped in a construction zone.

Francisco Espinal Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, was charged with failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident.
State Police Sgt. Chris Wilkes tells the Southtown Star the driver was also charged with making false entries in his logbook.

The Will County Coroner's Office has identified the victims as 54-year-old Vicky Palacios of Coal City, 48-year-old Urlike Blopleh of Channahon, 43-year-old Kimberly Britton of Urbana and 11-year-old Piper Britton of Urbana.



ELWOOD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois State Police is reporting five people were killed in accidents involving trucks and autos on Interstate 55 south of Chicago in Will County.

Four people were killed and at least three others injured Monday on I-55 near Arsenal Road in Elwood when a semi-trailer slammed into three autos and a truck that where stopped at a construction site.

Emergency crews responded, prompting the rerouting of traffic off the northbound lanes at River Road.

Also, two semi-trailer trucks collided in an unrelated accident a short distance away near Channahon in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55. State Police say both truck drivers were taken to an area hospital, where one driver was pronounced dead.

Southbound lanes on I-55 have reopened, while motorists are asked to avoid the Elwood area.


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