A pair of deadly accidents just miles from each other, on the same stretch of I-55 in Will County claimed the lives of five people Monday.
Of the five motorists killed, four, all female, lost their lives in a pileup at Arsenal Rd, involving three cars and two semis.
"It appears the tractor-trailer may have been driving in a construction zone at a speed more than the posted 55 miles per hour," Lt.Randy Ness of the Illinois State Police told reporters.
In the south-bound lanes of the same highway, three miles away at Route 6, another crash around the same time took the life of a 41-year-old man.
He was transported to St Joe's Hospital in Joliet, along with two other accident victims. One was so badly that a medical helicopter was called back to transfer him to Loyola Hospital in Maywood.
The Arsenal Rd crash involved three cars and two semis in an area where traffic's known to snarl and that's also seen serious accidents befor
Five accident victims are still hospitalized.
Northbound lanes of I-55 have reopened.
The investigation into the crash continues.