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Police: Speeding truck plowed into cars on I-55

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  • Video: Deadly I-55 crashes

  • This aerial photo shows the wreckage from a fatal accident Monday afternoon on I-55 near Channahon.

      This aerial photo shows the wreckage from a fatal accident Monday afternoon on I-55 near Channahon.
    Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

  • Semitrailer trucks were involved in a deadly accident on I-55.

      Semitrailer trucks were involved in a deadly accident on I-55.
    Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

  • Several people were airlifted to hospitals after this accident on I-55 near Channahon.

      Several people were airlifted to hospitals after this accident on I-55 near Channahon.
    Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

  • Five people are confirmed dead and several others are injured after two accidents on I-55 near Channahon.

      Five people are confirmed dead and several others are injured after two accidents on I-55 near Channahon.
    Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago

 
Daily Herald report

Five people have been confirmed dead in two separate crashes Monday afternoon on Interstate 55 near Channahon, authorities said.

The first crash on northbound I-55 south of Arsenal Road resulted in four women being killed. The crash involved two semitrailer trucks and three passenger vehicles, according to Illinois State Police.

ABC 7 Chicago reported that police said a speeding semitrailer truck caused the crash. The truck was passing vehicles in the left lane before abruptly changing lanes ahead of a construction zone and plowing into several other vehicles, police said.

Four other victims with injuries were taken to area hospitals. One of the victims had to be airlifted to a hospital.

The second crash on southbound I-55 at Route 6, involving two semitrailer trucks, resulted in the death of a truck driver. The other driver was being treated for injuries at an area hospital, police said.

Both crashes occurred about 2:30 p.m., authorities said.

The northbound I-55 lanes were reported reopened after 8:30 p.m.

The southbound lanes on I-55 were closed for a time and reopened late in the evening rush hour.

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