Truck Driver Who Caused Fatal I-57 Crash To Be Ticketed

June 05, 2010

A Louisiana truck driver will be ticketed for reckless driving and two other violations for causing the Memorial Day crash on Interstate 57 near Mattoon that killed three people and left 13 others injured.

55-year old Everett Van Duzee of New Liberia, Louisiana was also ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and given a log book violation for a discrepancy in the amount of hours he'd driven. In their report on the crash released Friday night, Illinois State Police say traffic was merging to one lane due to construction that afternoon, and that Duzee had 'became distracted and took his eyes off the roadway.' He hit three vehicles, and caused five more to crash. Three women from Mississippi died - 61 year old Sheila Douglas of Batesville, 68 year old Doris Hamblin-Mayo of Sarah, Miss. and 80-year old Juanita Hall, also of Sarah. Two injured victims remained hospitalized.

Story source: AP

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