ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill.—Breonna Hargrove, a 28-year-old woman from Florissant, Mo., was seriously injured Feb. 6 in a tragic semi-truck accident on Interstate 55.
According to local authorities, Hargrove was driving northbound on I-55 when her vehicle was struck head-on by a semi-truck at about 5:30 a.m.
Hargrove was transported to a hospital to treat injuries that appeared to be life-threatening.
The semi driver, 57-year-old Juan Cantu, of Alamo, Texas, and a passenger in his vehicle, did not suffer injuries.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. No additional information was immediately available.
Commentary on the Head-on Semi-Truck Collision in Illinois
I am relieved to learn Ms. Hargrove survived this serious accident. From my experience, head-on collision between a semi-truck and passenger vehicle rarely end this fortunate. I hope Ms. Hargrove can make a complete recovery and continue forward in life.
The outcome of this accident does not discount the seriousness of Mr. Cantu’s actions leading up to the collision. Commercial drivers are professional drivers and are expected to operate their vehicles safely and prudently. Failing to maintain a lane of travel does not comply with professional standards. Unfortunately, the information released by authorities provides little insight into the underlying cause of Mr. Cantu’s actions. While we must wait for further details before making any firm conclusions, accidents of this nature are generally the result of distracted or fatigued driving.
Examining Mr. Cantu’s phone records, electronic devices, driving logs, and the truck’s computer will uncover answers to Ms. Hargrove’s questions. Further, through the litigation process, Ms. Hargrove can recoup the losses sustained both physically and mentally due to Mr. Cantu’s actions.
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