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Fifth person dies after I-55 semi crash

In this Monday July 21 2014 phovehicles involved an accident thkilled four people are seen Interstate 55 near ChannahIll. southwest

In this Monday, July 21, 2014 photo, vehicles involved in an accident that killed four people are seen on Interstate 55 near Channahon, Ill., southwest of Chicago. On Tuesday, July 22, semi-truck driver Francisco Espinal Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., who was involved in the crash, was charged with failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident and willfully making false entries in his logbook. (AP Photo/The Herald-News, Rob Winner) MANDATORY CREDIT ORG XMIT: ILJOL502

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Updated: September 9, 2014 6:29AM



An Urbana man who died Wednesday evening is the fifth person killed in a crash involving a semi truck last month on Interstate 55 that left three other people injured.

Timothy Osburn, 64, was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood at 6:36 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Osburn was injured in one of two fatal crashes that occurred minutes apart on I-55 near Channahon on July 21, Illinois State Police said.

A semi truck driver was speeding north about 2:15 p.m. into a construction zone on I-55 near Arsenal Road when it abruptly changed lanes, causing a chain-reaction crash involving two cars and a van, according to state police.

Three women and a girl also were killed in the crash, authorities said.

The Will County coroner’s office identified the dead as Piper Britton, 11, and Kimberly K. Britton, 43, both of Urbana; Vicky L. Palacios, 54, of Coal City; and Urlike P. Blopleh 48, of Channahon.

All four were pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner’s office said.

Four other people, including Osburn, were injured in the crash. The cars and the van were stopped in the construction zone when they were struck by the semi, police said.

The driver of the semi, 51-year-old Francisco Espinal Quiroz, was charged with felonies for false reporting of driving records and failure to maintain record of duty status, authorities said. He also was cited for failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident.

Quiroz was ordered held on $1 million bail in a Will County court hearing July 22.

Quiroz communicated with the judge through an interpreter, the SouthtownStar reported. He was read the charges against him and acknowledged them but did not make a further statement.

Prosecutors said he was on the road for more than 12 hours, and Illinois law caps the number of permissible hours a driver can be on the road at 11 hours.

Sixteen minutes after the first crash, a rear-end collision occurred in the southbound lanes at U.S. 6 involving two semi trucks. Both drivers were taken to a hospital with what appeared at first to be minor injuries, police said. However, one driver later died from what police believe may have been a medical condition.

He was identified as Deividas Mockus, 41, of Darien, according to the coroner’s office. He was pronounced dead at Presence St. Joseph Health Center in Joliet.



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