A 47-year old La Salle woman was killed Friday in a six car collision and fire between Ottawa and Utica. The accident also claimed the life of a 43-yaer old Joliet man and injured a 55-year old Naplate woman, Debra Herkes. She went to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
State Police say the collision occurred in a construction zone west of 13th road on westbound I-80. A Freightliner Box Truck carrying automotive batteries failed to reduce speed and struck the first of three vehicles causing all four to burst into flames. The La Salle woman was in one vehicle and Debra Herkes in still another.
Two additional vehicles adjacent to the four received damage. Their occupants refused medical attention at the scene. The identity of those fatally injured have yet to be released.
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