Auto accidents take place all the time in Illinois. Sometimes, a stretch of freeway in a medium or large city will be the site of multiple crashes in a short period of time. But it is rare for a seven-mile stretch of highway connecting a small village with a small city to have three different injury crashes occur in less than seven hours. This atypical scenario happened on Illinois Route 29 between Pekin and Creve Coeur in Tazewell County.
The first (and most serious) auto accident was reported shortly after 8:15am in Creve Coeur. A Pontiac Vibe traveling north on Illinois 29 (aka South Main Street) near Marquette Street crossed over into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into a Ford Explorer traveling southbound. Both drivers were transported by ambulance to a hospital in Peoria.
Then around 2pm, two vehicles were involved in a crash in Pekin. That wreck took place where Illinois 29 (aka Eighth Street) intersects Sheridan Road. One of the drivers had to be taken to Pekin Hospital.
The final auto accident occurred about a half hour later roughly one block south of the Pekin crash. Another Ford Explorer was struck by a pickup truck near Lawndale Avenue, and the SUV tipped over onto its side. Firefighters had to slice through the Explorer’s roof to get to the driver, who was rushed to Pekin Hospital with injuries.
It’s not clear which driver was at fault in the two-vehicle auto accident at Eighth Street and Sheridan Road. But based on the information provided, both Ford Explorer drivers appear to have solid cases for personal injury lawsuits against the drivers of the Vibe and the pickup truck. Such suits could reimburse the victims for costs incurred as a result of hospitalization, treatment, medications, and physical therapy. The victims may also receive damages for emotional distress and/or compensation for wages lost from work absenteeism.