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YouTube video shows crash involving semi and 6 other vehicles

"It appears to be a video of the accident, but it's going to investigators." That's what a captain with the Illinois State Police had to say about a YouTube video that surfaced that apparently shows an accident involving a semitruck and six other vehicles on the Tri-State Tollway in Gurnee.

The video footage is taken from the rear-view of a vehicle that was traveling ahead of a white semitruck. The truck is seen smashing into a row of vehicles backed up near the Grand Avenue exit. Two vehicles are seen going airborne during the crash. Investigators want to get a statement from the person who took the video and are trying to identify that person.

The vehicles were backed up waiting to use the westbound ramp to get off the tollway. The accident sent seven people to the Advocate Condell Medical Center; one person was in critical condition and the others were said to have minor injuries. One of the victims was transported to Vista Medical Center East.

Traffic was tied up for several hours, as firefighters had to extricate two people from their vehicles. There have not been any citations issued as of yet, and the identity of the truck driver hasn't been released.

Accidents involving semitrucks often cause catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Those in smaller vehicles simply cannot compete with a trucks size and weight. When a truck accident causes you injuries or takes the life of your loved one, you have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, final expenses and more. A lawyer can help you determine how to pursue such compensation.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "State Police studying YouTube video that appears to show Tri-State wreck," Frank S. Abderholden, News-Sun, Sep. 21, 2016

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