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.