Police continue to search for clues in tollway death

By Kevin Modelski
Updated 6/9/2014 5:50 PM

Illinois State Police continue to investigate the fiery tollway crash that killed a cabdriver from Elgin early Sunday morning, but an official said Monday there is no reason to suspect alcohol or drugs played any role in the deadly collision.

The driver, Melba R. Farr, 56, was killed when her cab was rear-ended by an SUV at 5:09 a.m. on the Jane Addams Tollway near Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates, according to state police. The impact caused the cab to burst into flames, and Farr, who was unable to exit the vehicle, died at the scene, authorities said.


Initial reports indicated Farr was either stopped or backing up in the active far right lane of traffic when the collision occurred.

State Police Master Sgt. Paul Carlos said one witness came forward with an account of the crash, but investigators are still working to determine the exact circumstances.

Investigators also are trying to determine what company Farr worked for, because the cab's vehicle registration did not line up with their information of the driver, Carlos added.

The driver of the SUV was treated on the scene and released, and no tickets have been issued.


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