Updated 07/22/14 – 12:22 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A 51-year-old truck driver has been charged with speeding just before a deadly crash on Interstate 55 near Channahon on Monday; one of two wrecks that killed five people on I-55.
The first crash happened in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 near Arsenal Road around 2:30 p.m.
Illinois State Police said a semi-trailer truck was speeding and abruptly changed lanes in a construction zone, causing a chain reaction crash. State police said the semi was heading toward stopped cars at a construction zone and failed to stop.
“The three vehicles that were struck by the semi-truck tractor trailer were stopped in traffic, along with other vehicles in front, and the truck driver that was at the rear was passing other vehicles in the left lane, and abruptly made a lane change to the right, and then struck the rear of the vehicles pushing them all together into the crash,” State Police Cmdr. Randy Ness said.