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New FMCSA Data includes Lack of Seat Belt Use

Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released safety data from 2011, including the following: One-third of truck occupant fatalities occurred when occupant was not wearing a seatbelt; 64% of large truck fatal crashes occurred on rural roads; of the 530 fatal crashes in work zones in the country, 27% — or 144 …

FMCSA Shuts Down Trucking Company for Repeat Violations

There are numerous ways to promote improved highway safety, from pushing for safer commercial vehicle equipment to demanding that truck drivers be rested and healthy. Getting high-risk drivers and vehicles off the road is at the top of that list. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration strives to do just that, and reminded the trucking …

Semi Collides with Passenger Car in East Peoria, IL

A tractor trailer reportedly merged from the left to the center lane on Interstate 74 in East Peoria, Ill., striking a car and injuring its three passengers on Tuesday, April 10. According to PJStar.com, both vehicles were eastbound on I-74 when the collision occurred, forcing the car to spin out and slide into the path …

Two Injured in Tractor Trailer Crash in Joliet

Two women in a pickup truck were critically injured when their vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Route 53 in Joliet, Ill., on Tuesday, March 27. According to Patch.com, the accident occurred near the intersection with Schweitzer Road when the pickup pulled onto Route 53 and into the path of the tractor trailer. The …

Man Critically Injured in Truck Crash in West Frankfort, IL

A man driving a pickup truck was critically injured when his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Interstate 57 in West Frankfort, Ill., on Thursday, March 22. According to the Daily American News, the pickup truck reportedly swerved into the median of I-57 before it re-entered traffic and struck the semi. The man was …

Woman Critically Injured in Crash with Semi in Chicago

Police continue to investigate an accident involving an SUV and a tractor truck in the Brighton Park neighborhood of Chicago that left one woman in critical condition on Sunday, March 18. According to the Chicago Tribune, the two vehicles collided at the intersection of 35th Street and Western Avenue, sending the SUV into a bus …

Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash near Brownstown, Ill.

The driver of a tractor trailer was killed when his rig crashed into another semi truck on Interstate 70 near Brownstown, Ill., in the early-morning hours of Saturday, March 17. According to the Effingham Daily News, a truck driver had pulled to the shoulder of I-70 to address vehicle problems and was merging back onto …

Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Collision in Northern Illinois

A man was killed Thursday, March 1, on Interstate 94 near the Illinois-Wisconsin border when the car in which he was riding was hit by two tractor trailers. According to the DailyHerald.com, the vehicle was first hit by a tractor trailer as the two vehicles traveled the eastbound lanes. That collision sent the car spinning …

Jack-Knifed Semi Causes Fatal Multi-Vehicle Crash in Chicago

Two people were killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 24, after a semi tractor trailer jack-knifed and set off a chain of accidents in its wake. According to the Morris Daily Herald, the accident began when a tractor trailer jack-knifed and was hit by a tour bus. Another semi, two …

Man Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash West of Chicago

The driver of a tractor trailer unaware he’d been rear-ended by a passenger vehicle drove about two blocks before realizing a Hyundai was wedged beneath his trailer, according to the Daily Chronicle. The accident occurred on Sunday, Feb. 19, on West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, Illinois. The driver of the car died in the accident, …

Highway Speeds Raised for Trucks Driving in Illinois

Since New Year’s Day, truck drivers travelling on many non-interstate highways in Illinois have been able to hit higher speeds after new state law went into effect in 2012.  According to the Quad-City Times, Senate Bill 1913 raised the speed limit for semi-trucks on four-lane roads such as Illinois 92 near Interstate 280 from 55 …

Peoria Area Highway Construction

A total of $85 million in state funds is expected to be spent on high speed connecting ramps and otherwise improving the I-74/I-155 interchange in Morton near Peoria. This project comes after two decades of planning. Construction is estimated to begin in 2013 and last a year, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Included …

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