A Ford transit van carrying 14 passengers overturned, injuring two of the four adults and nine of the ten children inside near Troy Grove, Illinois this past Saturday, Sept. 23, just before 7:00 p.m. The rollover crash occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 39 in LaSalle County between milepost 67 and 68.
Calls reporting the single-vehicle crash started coming into both the Troy Grove and Mendota Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at around 6:53 p.m. Witnesses to the crash, including some of the uninjured vehicle occupants, reported that the van veered off the roadway into the adjacent low shoulder before overturning in the nearby ditch with the occupants inside. Illinois State Police are still investigating why the van’s operator suddenly departed the roadway leading up to the van rolling over.
First responders summoned to the scene came from nearby cities and villages, including Sublette, Utica, Oglesby, Peru, Earlville, Amboy, and LaSalle to transport the injured to area hospitals in Mendota, Ottawa, and Princeton.
The Illinois State Police reports that the juvenile crash victims range in age from 5 to 12. All victims are reportedly from the Peoria area. It’s unclear where the vehicle’s occupants were traveling to or from at the time of the crash. The extent of the injuries the vehicle occupants suffered is currently unknown.
Our Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio team would like to wish the survivors our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
The attorneys at our North Central Illinois law firm have decades of experience representing clients whose lives have been suddenly changed by injury in a truck or other commercial carrier accident, such as a van accident. We offer free consultations to victims when they wish to discuss their crash and the rights that Illinois law affords them in situations like these. Our state’s statutes may allow you to recover compensation by holding negligent parties liable for your damages. We have offices in Peru, Ottawa, Chicago, and Morris.