Staunton community dealing with tragedy after sisters are killed
Illinois State Police are still investigating a crash that killed three women that occurred near Hamel earlier this week, an official said Friday.
A tractor-trailer driven by a 53-year-old man from Colorado crashed into seven vehicles on Interstate 55 at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police have yet to release the man’s name.
Calvin Dye, a spokesman for the Illinois State Police, said “we are still investigating why he didn’t slow down or stop.”
“It’s a miracle there weren’t more fatalities at that crash scene,” Dye said. “When you show up and multiple vehicles are totaled or crushed by a semi, and you hear people conscious and talking as they are being extricated by firefighters, that’s a miracle.”
A GoFundMe page set up for the Bertels’ family had raised $22,000 as of Friday afternoon.
Eleven other people were injured in the crash near mile post 27, just south of Hamel. Witnesses told Illinois State Police that the semi started “crashing into other vehicles at highway speed,” Dye previously said.