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Illinois police reported a five-car accident in Belleville on April 9 that resulted in a number of injuries. As many as five people were said to have been hospitalized as a result of the chain-reaction car accident. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 in the afternoon at the intersection of Illinois 161 and Royal Heights Road. Two of the highway's eastbound lanes were closed for about an hour and a half after the collision.

While there was no preliminary word as to what initially caused the accident, each succeeding vehicle apparently struck the one in front of it. Two vehicles, a Volkswagen Jetta and a blue truck, were badly damaged in the crash. Between three and five victims ended up in the hospital, though all injuries were said to be non-life-threatening. There was no further word on the medical condition of any victim.

It is likely that a police investigation of the accident is underway. Authorities may determine that one or more of the drivers were at fault and that their actions caused or contributed to the injuries suffered. The victims of this series of collisions, like victims in other multi-vehicle accidents in Illinois, may be able to seek compensation for any economic losses occasioned by the negligence of other parties.

A successful personal injury claim often results in payments for medical treatment, as well as for lost income and property damage. While the parties await the official report of the police investigation, they would do well to document all injuries and expenses in the event that a personal injury claim is the best way to pursue physical and economic recovery.

Source:, "Five-car crash ties up traffic in Belleville," April 10, 2012

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