August 21, 2021
MULBERRY GROVE, IL (FAYETTE) –The Illinois State Police is investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that happened on Route 70 East Bound at Milepost 55, in Mulberry Grove, Fayette County on August 20, 2021 at 9:19 a.m.
Police say, preliminary investigative details indicate the following occurred:
A 2020 Freightliner tractor trailer was traveling westbound on Interstate 70, near mile post 55.
A Chevrolet Pickup pulling a trailer with a car, and a Honda Odyssey were traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 at the same location.
The tractor trailer left the roadway to the left and traveled through the median. The tractor trailer struck the trailer of the pickup truck. The tractor trailer then struck the Honda, causing both units to skid into the south ditch.
The driver of the tractor trailer from Los Angeles, CA was airlifted to a regional hospital with serious injuries.
The driver and passenger of pickup from Missouri refused medical attention.
The 19-year-old male driver and 20-year-old female passenger of Honda from Brick Township, NJ were pronounced deceased on scene.
The ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is continuing the investigation. No further information will be disseminated at this time.
The driver of the tractor trailer was cited for Improper Lane Use and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash.