MILAN, Illinois — Illinois State Police troopers investigating the collision between three tractor-trailer trucks charged one of the drivers with several crimes connected with the incident according to KWQC.com. State Police indicated that the drivers involved only minor injuries. The collision forced State Police to close I-280 westbound initially and then in both directions for some time while crews cleared the scene on August 28, 2018, around 5:00 a.m. The reasons for the crash have become more evident after State Police completed their initial investigation.*
The Illinois State Police charged Robert Waters of Des Moines, Iowa with several criminal offenses including driving under the influence of drugs. Additionally, Illinois State Police charged him with possession ofcannabis, possessing drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an auto collision after personal injury, and improper usage of a highway lane.
Police say a chain reaction caused the accident. The preliminary investigation showed that Waters drove his semi-truck excessively close to the left-hand side of the high-speedlane of I-280 westbound. Waters drove off the highway and into the ditch. A second tractor-trailer operated by Michael Bundy of Davenport, Iowa hit Waters’ truck because it was partially on the roadway. A third semi-truck drivenby Mohamed Hassan of Hopkins, Minnesota slammed into the rear of Bundy’s truck.
Law enforcement officials said that Waters ran away from the scene. Police from Rock Island apprehended him in that town. First responders took Waters to a local hospital fromtreatment for injuries they said are minor in nature. Waters remained at the hospital until after 4:00 p.m. that day.
The crash continues to be investigated by Illinois State Police. Troopers who spoke with the media said that the results of the investigation could lead to them issuing additional charges against Waters. Police did not say why Waters fled from the scene. However, the reason may be due to his alleged possession of and driving a semi-truck under the influence of drugs.
Waters is innocent until proven guilty in court.
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