Trucker Charged After Rear-End Crash Leaves 3 People Dead On I-70
Effingham County, Illinois – Police have filed a preliminary charge against a trucker they say failed to slow for stopped traffic in a construction zone along I-70 on Saturday resulting in a 4-vehicle crash that left three people dead.
On Sunday, Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the findings of a preliminary investigation into a fatal crash along eastbound I-70 on Saturday.
The crash occurred at 11 a.m. at mile post 90 just four miles west of Effingham.
Investigators say 59-year-old truck driver Asllan Pino of Chesterfield, Michigan, failed to slow for traffic that had stopped for unknown reasons.
Pino’s 2019 Freightliner pulling twin FedEx Ground trailers plowed into the rear of a 2019 GMC Yukon with five people inside.
The impact of the collision pushed the SUV into the rear of a second tractor-trailer, a black Peterbilt pulling a Prime Inc. trailer.
The Peterbilt was directly in front and driven by Jamie Hugh Smith, 39, of Lake City, Florida.
The Yukon then struck the concrete center line dividing wall before coming to rest between the concrete wall and Smith’s big rig.
The driver of the SUV, Virginia E. Abrams, 59, of Wildwood, Missouri, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to ISP.
Her passengers, Matthew A. Murphy, 63, of Wildwood, and Marleen E. Murphy, 61, of Wildwood, were transported to a nearby hospital where they later perished from injuries sustained in the crash.
Additional passengers, Bob E. Abrams, 66, of Wildwood, Missouri, and Janice F. Smart, 68, of St. Charles, Missouri, were also transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
A passenger in Pino’s big rig, Ancelmo James Campos, 35, of Toledo, Ohio, was injured and required treatment at a nearby hospital.
Neither Smith or his passenger, Siera Ann Peek, 20 of Lake City, Florida, were injured.
Additionally, police said the chain reaction crash caused Smith’s semi to strike a third big rig directly in front.
However, the third tractor-trailer was undamaged and the driver left the scene, according to ISP.
The crash shut down part of I-70 for more than 6 hours, according to officials.
All lanes finally reopened just before 6:45 p.m.
Pino has been charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash.
It is unclear at this time why Pino failed to slow.
ISP says further charges could be filed against Pino pending the completion of their investigation.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor any new developments.
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