Truck Driver’s “Failure To Reduce Speed” Results In Deaths Of 3 People, Police Say
Massac County, Illinois – Three people perished along I-24 on Sunday afternoon after a big rig plowed into a line of seven vehicles that had slowed in traffic.
According to Illinois State Police (ISP), the accident happened at approximately 12:40 p.m. at mile post 37 along westbound I-24.
Investigators said truck driver, Rickey Warren, 57, of Holly Springs, MS, was following too closely and failed to slow before plowing into slowed traffic causing an 8-vehicle chain reaction crash.
Officials said three people died in the crash and six people were taken to area hospitals.
The deceased have not yet been identified by authorities.
A total of thirteen people, including another semi-truck driver, was involved in the crash.
The conditions of those injured are not yet known.
Warren, who was operating a 2007 Volvo semi, was cited for “failure to reduce speed” and “following too closely.”
Authorities said they are continuing to investigate.
Transportation Nation Network will monitor any new developments.
(Featured image courtesy of Jacob Abbott)