Driver Fatally Struck On I-80 By Semi Wheel Hub Assembly

There was a fatal I-80 car accident near Joliet on Tuesday (March 6, 2018) afternoon.  The accident involved a wheel hub that fell off of a semi truck and smashed into the windshield of a GMC Acadia SUV that driving in the opposite lanes.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the article (with video) of March 7, 2018 titled “Driver killed when semi wheel hub comes through windshield on I-80“:

About 2:20 p.m., the semitrailer was headed east on I-80 when a wheel hub came off the trailer’s rear axel near Rowell Avenue and crossed over into the westbound lanes of traffic, according to Illinois State Police.

The lost hub collided with the windshield of a passenger car as it headed west, killing the female driver at the wheel, state police said. Her identity was not immediately released pending notification of family.

The woman killed was later identified as Melinda Cullen, 38, of Coal City.  She was pregnant at the time of the crash and her unborn son did not survive.

Another excerpt regarding the crash, from the March 7 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Pregnant Mother Killed When Semi Wheel Hub Comes Through Windshield on I-80“:

The driver of the semi, 59-year-old Antanas Sereiva of Bolingbrook, was charged with a violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act for having unsafe equipment, state police said.

Those who may have witnessed this accident or otherwise have information concerning the crash are asked to call the Illinois State Police at (815) 726-6377 ext. 288.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this fatal expressway accident can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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