I-72 Accident Information on Injuries and Fatalities
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Interstate 72 (I-72) is an intrastate freeway beginning just west of the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri (US Route 61 junction). The highway travels east through Decatur and Springfield, Illinois, terminating in Champaign, Illinois (I-57 junction).
Years ago, freeway planners decided to expand Interstate 72 across Missouri, creating the Chicago-Kansas City Expressway to reduce traffic congestion in the Quad Cities metropolitan areas, Des Moines, Iowa, and St. Louis, Missouri. However, the project was scrapped because of funding priorities.
Today, major junctions interchanging with Interstate 72 include:
- I-172 (Levee Township)
- I-55 (Springfield)
- I-57/I-74 (Champaign)
- State Route 36/61 (Hannibal, Missouri)
- State Route 54 (Griggsville Township)
- State Route 36/51 (Harristown)
What Truck Crash Victim Should Know
A commercial vehicle’s sheer size and weight almost always leave the victims severely injured or dead. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), long-haul truckers are involved in most fatal crashes on national highways, accounting for hundreds of deaths every year.
The 2018 Illinois DOT truck accident statistics revealed 13,071 accidents resulting in 122 deaths in 2235 injuries that year.
Nearly all these accidents result from negligence by the trucker, motorists, or others sharing the road. Other crashes are due to hazardous road conditions, adverse weather, or failing to maintain safe roads.
- Construction zones– Many truckers face hazardous conditions, closed lanes in construction areas and work zones. In these locations, traffic moves along unfamiliar traffic patterns through narrow roadways around earth-moving equipment and cranes.
- These accidents are often the result of drivers failing to obey speed limit signsand follow traffic rules to avoid construction workers, moving trucks, equipment, and traffic cones. Any distraction or failure to operate the vehicle safely could cause drivers to collide with others or drive off the road.
- Dangerous freeways– According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, severe highway collisions happened mostly in the Chicago metropolitan area and along I-55, I-57, and I-72. These congested areas have traffic traveling at high speeds sharing the road with semi-tractor-trailers under hazardous road conditions and adverse weather.
- Distracted driving– Inattention can cause horrific collisions when the driver is distracted, like talking or texting on a cell phone, grooming, drinking, or eating while driving. Many accidents are caused when a motorist reaches for an object outside of their grasp, converses with passengers, or changes the radio/navigation system settings.
- Drunk driving– Driving while impaired on controlled substances, marijuana, or alcohol can create dangerous situations when safely operating the vehicle. Any chemical- or alcohol-induced impairment could be catastrophic for other vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Failure to stop– Inattention, malfunctioning brakes, or speeding can lead to a catastrophic crash with severe injury or fatality when the motorist cannot slow down or stop in time to prevent a crash.
- Head-on collision – Driving over the center lane or median into oncoming traffic can cause deadly crashes, especially when the motorists traveling in opposite directions drive at high speed.
- Rear-end collision– Every motorist is responsible for ensuring adequate time to stop before hitting the vehicle ahead. Even at minimal speeds, Rear-end crashes can cause severe injury, including whiplash, head lacerations, or traumatic brain injury.
- Intersection crash – Many intersections in rural locations do not have sufficient traffic signals and signage to provide navigational instructions when driving through crossroads. Not paying attention to moving traffic at an intersection could result in a catastrophic crash with injury or fatality.
I-72 Semi Accident Reports
Hazardous road conditions and adverse weather can cause life-threatening, catastrophic damage when large commercial vehicles are involved, even at low speed. The extensive tractor-trailer's size and weight can cause severe damage, injuring and killing people every year.
Most of these crashes result from distracted driving or road hazards involving 18-wheelers, commercial trucks, long-haul truckers, and tractor-trailers. Recent accidents on I-72 posted online include:
Illinois, January 2021 – News reports indicated that a tractor-trailer rear-ended another commercial vehicle near I-72 in Champaign Cty, along I-57 in the right northbound lane. The early morning crash that happened around 5:00 AM closed the freeway for several hours while crews cleaned up the debris.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) transported both truckers to the local hospital for treatment.
Illinois, August 2020 – Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) airlifted a service vehicle driver to the emergency room with fatal injuries following a crash in Macon County on I-72. Reports indicate that the driver died.
The Illinois State police said that the multi-vehicle crash happened around 9:00 PM close to the Argenta exit at milepost 150.
The initial investigation revealed that the 63-year-old driver was servicing another commercial vehicle on the road's shoulder before being hit by a third tractor-trailer, leading to severe damage. The driver who hit the other vehicle was also transported to the hospital.
Local police said that the eastbound lane remained closed hours after the crash occurred. The third trucker was charged with violating Scott’s law for not reducing speed to prevent a crash and failing to yield to a stationary vehicle.
Illinois, May 2020 – Several westbound lanes of I-72 were closed after a tractor-trailer crash happened in Scott County at approximately 10:00 AM, Tuesday morning. The accident resulted when a passenger vehicle tire blew, causing the driver to lose control, hitting a guardrail, and nearly overturning.
Illinois, October 2020 – Illinois State police reported a westbound accident on I-72 involving a tractor-trailer rollover, leaving two people injured in Pike Cty. The 43-year-old California trucker over-corrected his semi while negotiating a curve. The over-correction rolled the vehicle off to the right side of the road.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) transported two injured victims, including the trucker and the trucker's passenger, to a Pike County hospital for treatment.
Illinois State Police
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