Failing to stop in time to avoid an accident is a common reason for truck accidents. Semi trucks failing to stop in time to avoid hitting vehicles ahead can occur for many reasons; one reason is the weight of trucks. Because of this weight, as well as other physical dynamics, stopping a truck can take significant time and distance. This is especially so if the truck is driving in adverse weather such as rain, snow or ice.
There was a fatal I-55 accident involving a semi truck allegedly failing to stop in time. This Will County truck accident occurred in Wilmington and involved three trucks and two cars. The accident happened on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m.
This truck accident is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the November 11, 2019 wspynews.com article titled “One Person Killed & Several Others Injured in Interstate 55 Crash.”
The Wilmington Fire Protection District said it was determined there were three semi tractor trailers and two passenger vehicles involved in the crash near Wilmington. One of the semis and both passenger vehicles sustained heavy damage.
The Illinois State Police said a semi driven by 46 year-old Shabbir Patel of Brampton, Ontario allegedly failed to yield to traffic that was stopped for construction, which then caused a chain reaction crash with four other vehicles. Patel was taken to an area hospital.
One man involved in the accident, Kenneth C. Bloor, 34, of St. Peters, MO, was declared deceased after being taken to Amita Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Other people were also injured during the crash. The type and extent of their injuries does not appear to be publicly disclosed.
Another excerpt from the wspynews.com article:
Patel was cited for Following Too Closely & Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident involving a truck failing to stop in time can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the November 8 Channahon-Minooka Patch article titled “Victim ID: I-55 Semi Crash Fatal At Lorenzo Road.”