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Three killed, 7 injured in two separate truck accidents

Two separate car crashes on Interstate 57 left three people dead and seven other people injured just south of Matoon.

According to Illinois State Police, one accident occurred as a semi-truck driver was heading south down the roadway when traffic began to slow. He first struck the rear of  a pickup truck, sending it into the median and then struck two more vehicles before losing control and running off the side of the road.

A 67-year-old passenger in the second vehicle was killed due to injuries sustained in the collision. The other accident occurred earlier in the day when two semi-trucks collided and also caused a fatality. Seven people in the accidents were injured and needed medical attention.

Trucking accidents can cause serious injuries or worse. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victims.