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Quinn to Public: Slow Down on the Roads

Quinn to Public:  Slow Down on the Roads

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A crash that killed four people on I-55 has the governor talking about highway safety.

The crash occurred Monday afternoon in Channahon when a tractor-trailer rear-ended three vehicles that had stopped when traffic became congested in a construction zone.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the situation demands a review. “I will talk to our State Police director as well as our transportation secretary about the events of yesterday and about the events anywhere in Illinois. We want to reduce highway fatalities to zero,” he said.

Two of the victims were from Urbana: Kimberly K. Britton, 43, and Piper Britton, 11. The other victims were Vicky L. Palaciocs, 54, of Coal City and Ulrike P. Blopleh, 48, of Channahon.

Police say the truck driver, Francisco Espinal Quiroz of Leesburg, Ind., was speeding in the construction zone. He has been charged with failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident and with making false entries in his logbook.

Illinois now has had 468 deaths on the roads this year. Last year at this time there had been 550.

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