PLEASE NOTE: Bonifield & Rosenstengel will remain open and available to serve you during the COVID-19 crisis. We are offering our clients the ability to meet with us via telephone or video conference. Please call our office to discuss your options.
Bonifield &
Get your free consultation today!

618-215-2412 local

866-223-2525 toll free

An Illinois interstate was closed on March 17 for approximately 10 hours after two semi-trucks crashed. The fiery truck accident occurred on Interstate 70 near Brownstown in Fayette County. Sadly, one driver died, and the other was seriously injured in the collision.

The accident happened when one of the men, who had stopped his truck to correct an equipment malfunction, attempted to re-enter traffic from the right shoulder. As the truck moved onto the road, it was hit by the other tractor-trailer from behind. The impact caused the second truck to burst into flames, trapping its driver inside.

The victim's son, who was driving yet another semi behind his father's, rushed to try and pull him from the burning vehicle but was unable to do so. The fire overtook him, and the St. Louis man was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the first truck also suffered serious injuries and was taken to Fayette County Hospital. His exact condition was unknown at the time of a local news report.

Authorities are still investigating the truck accident. As of now, the driver of the first truck has been cited for failure to yield when merging with traffic. As authorities work to determine a more specific cause for the truck accident, the surviving family members of the deceased driver may begin to consider filing a civil claim. It would appear the cited driver is at fault for the collision, and a wrongful death claim may be an option for the family of the deceased man to obtain some form of compensation for their immense loss.

Readers in Belleville know that driving on Illinois roads late at night can involve mixing with large trucks as they precariously negotiate the roadways. Drivers of these trucks occasionally have difficulty seeing other motorists who may be exiting and entering the roads. But because of the size of their vehicles, truck drivers are held to a higher standard of driving safety. When those standards aren't met, too often a tragic accident changes lives forever.

Source: Effingham Daily News, "Fiery semi crash near Brownstown kills driver," Samantha Newburn, March 19, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Schedule Your Free Consultation Please call 866-223-2525 or complete the intake form below

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Bonifield & Rosenstengel
16 East Main Street
Belleville, IL 62220

Toll Free: 866-223-2525
Phone: 618-215-2412
Fax: 618-277-5155
Belleville Law Office Map