KNOX COUNTY, IL – Kwqc.com writes that two people sustained severe injuries in a crash involving a tractor-trailer that took place in Knox County on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The truck collided with an SUV on Illinois Route 41 and Knox Road.*
The early investigation indicates that Waylon R. Clark, 31, of Monmouth, was driving east on Knox Road when he drove through a stop sign.A tractor-trailerwas traveling south on Illinois Route 41 and hit the SUV’s driver’s side. The impact of the collision pushed the SUV intoa ditch located south of the roadway. The driver of the truck was identified asDirk A. Steele, 35 of Maquon.
Heidi Clark, 32, was also in the SUV at the time of the collision. Both Heidi and Waylon were taken to a nearby hospital and then transferred to the OSF St. Francis Hospital via airlift. Both vehicle occupants were in the ICU.
The crash is still under investigation.
Collisions between trucks and smaller passenger vehicles areoften devastating for people traveling in cars or SUVs. Trucks outweigh smaller vehicles, and because trucks are higher off the ground than passenger vehicles, smaller cars can become wedged beneath trailers.
Statistically, when fatal crashes take place between passenger vehicles and trucks, the victims are the people in the smaller vehicle 97 percent of the time.It is important for drivers to exercise extreme caution when driving around large trucks as these massive vehicles are not easy to maneuver and cannot come to a stop quickly. Trucks also have large blind spots that make it difficult for the drivers to see those around them, especially when they are turning.
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