Police report 5 dead in Will County accidents

Posted Online: July 22, 2014, 8:59 am
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ELWOOD, Ill. (AP) Illinois State Police say five people were killed and five others injured in a pair of accidents along Interstate 55 in Will County south of Chicago.

State police say a speeding semi-trailer truck that abruptly changed lanes in a construction zone on I-55 near Arsenal Road caused a chain-reaction crash Monday three vehicles that were stopped. Four women, who remain unidentified, were killed.

Authorities say four people were injured in the crash that occurred in I-55's northbound lanes.

State Police Cmdr. Randy Ness says the truck driver underwent mandatory drug and alcohol testing, but wasn't in police custody.

Also, two semi-trailer trucks collided in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 at U.S. 6. State Police say both drivers were taken to an area hospital, where one later died.

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