(WGN-AM)- The driver who died on Monday during a traffic accident involving four semi-tractor trailers on Interstate Highway 80 has been identified, according to Illinois State Police.
The accident caused a chain reaction with two additional semitrailers, one of which was also hauling grain, causing loads from three of the trucks involved to spill onto the roadway. The debris, including the steel and grain, closed down the east bound lanes of I-80 for nearly 12 hours, opening at 2:30 a.m. this morning, officials said.
William Henderson, 39, of Bradley, was pronounced dead at the scene when his semitrailer hauling steel piping ran into the rear of a stopped semitrailer that was hauling grain, according to a news released by the state police. The accident happened around 2:42 p.m., near a construction site east of Ridge Road.
A passenger from another semi, Lawrence Atkinsson, 55, of Denver, Colo. was taken to Saint Joseph Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to the news release. The other three drivers were not injured.
State police has concluded that alcohol was not involved and the crash is still under investigation, the news release said.
((The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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