Illinois State Police side of vehicle

Daily Journal staff report

WILMINGTON — One person is dead and three others hospitalized after a serious crash Thursday involving three semi-tractor trailers and two cars on Interstate 55 in Will County.

According to Illinois State Police District 5, the driver of one of the cars, a 34-year-old man from St. Peters, Mo., was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The driver of the other car was seriously injured and airlifted from the scene to a hospital.

Shabbir Patel, 46, Brampton, Ontario, was taken to the hospital for treatment. Driving a semi, Patel was charged with following too closely and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. on I-55 northbound at the Lorenzo Road exit.

According to preliminary investigations, the two cars and two semis were stopped in a construction zone. Police say Patel failed to yield causing the chain-reaction crash, which remains under investigation.

A version of this story appeared in the Friday digital edition of the Daily Journal.

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