A woman is been killed in a Chicago area truck vs. car accident that occurred on Wednesday morning at the intersection of Illinois Route 394 and Steger Rd. in Crete, Illinois, according to NBC news. A tractor-trailer truck that was carrying livestock was moving south on 394 when it collided with a car that was eastbound on Steger. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that witnesses to the accident are saying that the truck failed to stop at a red light and t-boned the car in the intersection.
The driver of the car, a resident of St. John, Indiana, was killed in the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
Illinois state police handled the crash investigation. nwi.com is reporting that the truck driver was ticketed for disobeying a red light and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The trucker was not injured in the crash.
In a deadly truck accident such as this, the family of the victim will pursue an Illinois wrongful death claim against the at fault truck driver and his employer. Commercial trucks typically carry larger liability insurance policies, often in excess of $1 million. There is no word if there are Chicago injury lawyers involved in the case yet or if a lawsuit has been filed.