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3-vehicle accident leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

A three-vehicle accident that occurred near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line on Aug. 8 left one women dead. According to the report, the incident took place at the 200th Avenue and State Line Road intersection in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. The sheriff's department stated that alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor in the collision.

Police stated that around 11 a.m., an 81-year-old man was traveling west when he failed to stop at a red light. He then collided with a northbound semi-truck that was pulling a flatbed. The collision between these two vehicles caused the truck to strike a truck that was hauling a horse trailer.

2 fatal crashes occur within minutes of each other on I-55

Two multi-vehicle crashes that occurred on Interstate 55 in Illinois July 21 have resulted in a total of six deaths and four injuries, according to the Illinois State Police. The two crashes occurred within minutes of each other near Channahon.

Around 2:15 p.m., a 51-year-old man driving a semi-truck was allegedly speeding in the northbound lanes of I-55 and failed to slow down as he entered a construction zone. Reports say he then quickly changed lanes, which resulted in a crash involving a van and two cars. Three women and a child were killed in that accident, and four other people were injured. One of the injured parties, a 64-year-old Urbana man, died a couple of weeks later, bringing the total death toll to five. The driver of the semi-truck was taken into custody on several charges, including failure to reduce speed and false reporting of driving records; officials also reported that he had violated state laws restricting the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road each day.

Suspected DUI crash kills woman in Illinois

According to police, speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors in a Peoria accident that left a 48-year-old woman dead. Police reportedly detained a 27-year-old man on suspicion of DUI in connection with the August 10 car accident.

The crash occurred just before 6 a.m. on Sterling Avenue, authorities stated. The 48-year-old woman was driving south on the avenue when her vehicle was rear-ended by a silver BMW driven by the 27-year-old man. Purportedly, both drivers lost control of their vehicles and spun around before coming to a stop in the northbound lanes of the roadway, near Westminister Avenue.

Illinois company fined in connection with fatality

An Illinois company has been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following a workplace accident that killed one person in 2013. According to a project spokesperson, a worker was killed after two people fell into a hole near New Prague, Minn. According to Minnesota law, OSHA must impose a minimum fine of $25,000 for each citation it issues when a violation might have contributed to or caused a fatal workplace accident.

OSHA cited the company for three violations. The first was for failing to provide fall protection. The second was for failing to properly support or reinforce vertical structures to prevent a collapse. The third was related to the alteration of equipment and tools. The company will be contesting the penalties levied by OSHA.

Trucker dies from brake failure

A 41-year-old truck driver was killed in an Illinois highway accident when his brakes failed to engage on July 21. The truck driver was operating a semi-truck on southbound Interstate 55 around 2:30 p.m. when the crash happened within the Des Plaines River Bridge construction zone near Channahon. The truck driver was transported to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet but was declared dead in the emergency room at 4:29 p.m. As of July 31, state police were still investigating the crash.

The truck driver's wife filed a wrongful death claim against Mediterranean Shipping Company and Direct Trucking Corporation. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that the driver attempted to stop, but the brakes malfunctioned and caused him to crash into another semi-truck. The lawsuit claims that the defendants are liable for the death because they were negligent in inspecting and maintaining the vehicle. The decedent's wife is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

The 12 conditions most likely to be misdiagnosed

Illinois patients have to be proactive in their medical care: Many common conditions are misdiagnosed, according to a recent piece, and those errors sometimes result in death. One of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions, pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in the lungs, may cause the death of 30 percent of people with the condition who are not treated for it. According to one study, 28 percent of misdiagnoses had severe consequences.

Some conditions are incorrectly diagnosed most often by emergency room doctors. This may stem from patients having trouble articulating their symptoms to the medical staff in the hospital along with a lack of a complete medical history for the patient. Symptoms of stroke and myocardial infarctions are sometimes attributed to less serious conditions. Heart attacks may be misdiagnosed as gallstones or bronchitis while the early signs of a stroke sometimes receive no diagnosis.

Illinois man sentenced to 8 years in DUI death

A 23-year-old New Lenox man has been sentenced to an eight-year prison sentence in connection with a fatality that occurred as a result of his alleged drunk driving. The accident happened Aug. 25, 2012, on Steger Road in Frankfort Township, in the vicinity of 104th Avenue.

According to reports, the New Lenox man was driving a car that went out of control and crashed into a retaining wall, struck a tree and a large metal phone-switching box, and burst into flames. A 22-year-old Manhattan man who was a passenger in the car died as a result of the crash. The driver suffered compound fractures to both of his legs and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Man pleads guilty to DUI for 2013 fatal crash

An Illinois man who faced DUI charges in relation to a fatal 2013 accident entered a guilty plea in July. The man faced aggravated DUI charges for the car accident that killed one person and injured two others. His guilty plea was reportedly part of a blind plea arrangement in which his attorney and prosecutors agreed that they would accept a judge's ruling on an appropriate sentence.

The accident occurred at about 3 p.m. on March 3, 2013 in Barrington Hills. The man, now 19 years old, was allegedly headed north on Route 59 in a Chevrolet Suburban when his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a Toyota traveling in the southbound lane. The Suburban then collided head-on with a Dodge Intrepid.

Man faces DUI charges after fatal accident kills 2

An Illinois wreck resulted in the deaths of two men on July 19. Police believed that alcohol was a contributing factor in the car accident and arrested the driver, who faced at least four felony charges in relation to the crash.

The accident occurred in downtown Naperville at about 2 a.m. A 2007 Chevrolet Impala was traveling on Aurora Ave. when it traveled off the roadway near the intersection of Eagle St. The car collided with several trees before falling into a quarry. The driver, a 21-year-old Geneva man, escaped from the car and was able to swim away. The two passengers in the Impala, a Lisle man and a Naperville man, both 21 years old, could not escape from the vehicle. Fire and police divers recovered their bodies from the quarry. Emergency crews transported the men to Edward Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

1 killed, 1 injured in Illinois highway crash

Authorities reported that a multi-vehicle accident in Hazel Crest left one person dead and another injured. The July 11 incident occurred on Interstate 80 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

According to Illinois State Police, a Toyota SUV was traveling east on the interstate when it rear-ended a Dodge car, prompting a series of crashes that involved at least two additional vehicles. The Toyota reportedly overturned and came to rest on its roof. The driver of the Toyota suffered non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

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