Fatal Car Crash on Route 20 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois

JO DAVIESS COUNTY, IL- According to wifr.com, a collision that occurred on US Route 20 near Stockton has killed one person and left others with severe injuries. The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 20,2018.

The crash involved a BMW SUV, a GMC pick-up truck, and a tractor-trailer. The SUV was driving westbound when it veered over the center line of Route 20 and collided with the back of a tractor-trailer that was heading east. The SUV then hit a pick-up truck head-on.

One person has been confirmed dead. Other vehicle occupants were severely injured in the crash and were transported via airlift to various hospitals.

The crash is still being investigated.

Wrong-way collisions do not happen that frequently, but they are extremely dangerous and often cause fatalities. Collisions involving a wrong-way driver kill an average of about 360 people every year in the United States. This means they only account for about 3% of collisions that occur on highways with high-speed traffic. Although they are rare, the chances of these accidents causing death is about 12 to 27 times greater than other kinds of accidents on the same roads.

A study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that wrong-way accidents are more likely to involve alcohol than accidents in which all vehicles were traveling the correct direction in their lane. Out of 1,566 fatal wrong-way driver accidents that occurred on divided highways between the years 2004 and 2009, 936 involved a driver who had been drinking. In that same time-period, only 126 right-way driver accidents, out of a total of 1,934 right-way accidents on divided highways, involved alcohol.

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