Two people were critically injured when the van they were traveling in was hit by a semi truck in Belvidere, Illinois, Feb. 25, the Rockford Register Star reported. The crash occurred at U.S. Route 20 and Pearl Street around 11:15 a.m., the article stated. The Dodge Caravan had been traveling south on Pearl Street when the semi truck, traveling westbound on U.S. 20, hit the van, injuring the driver and passenger inside the vehicle, according to the Star.
The driver and passenger of the van were taken to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford to be treated for their injuries, the article stated. The 47-year-old semi driver was not injured in the crash, according to the news source. He was, however, cited by police officers for disobeying a traffic control device, the Star reported. The Belvidere Police Department said the crash remains under investigation by authorities, according to the article.
ABC affiliate WREX said both the passenger and driver of the van were female and were in critical condition at the hospital. Their names have not been released to media; however, WREX said one of the women was 67 years old and the other was 40. The story also stated that the semi truck driver ran the red light at the intersection where the crash occurred. The collision caused the intersection to be closed to traffic for two-and-a-half hours, according to the news source.
CBS affiliate WIFR reported the semi truck T-Boned the van as it sped through the intersection.
Those affected by semi truck crashes can contact a Chicago accident attorney to discuss potential legal action.