The driver of a tractor-trailer who crashed into the rear of another rig has been cited in connection with the wreck that closed Interstate 55 for several hours Thursday.
David P. Vande-Bogart, 48, of Appleton, Wis., was charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he crashed the 2000 International Harvester tractor-trailer he was driving into the rear of a 1999 Freightliner tractor-trailer just before 10 a.m. Thursday. The crash happened in Madison County, near Staunton, in the southbound lanes of I-55 at milepost 36, near a construction zone. The lanes of southbound I-55 were closed for about three hours.
Vande-Bogart received serious injuries in the crash and had to be cut from the cab of his truck. He was flown to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, where he remained Saturday. The driver of the second truck, Sever C. Botezan, 37, of Sterling Heights, Mich., also was seriously injured in the crash. He was taken to the Staunton Community Hospital.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to the Illinois State Police. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.