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Matthew Miller Killed in a Crash with a Semi-truck at the intersection of Route 40 and Route 172 in Rock Falls, Illinois

Whiteside County, Ill. — One man died when the tractor he was driving and a semi-truck collided. The incident happened Wednesday morning at the intersection of Route 40 and Route 172 in Rock Falls.

According to reports, a farm tractor, towing a grain cart, was traveling along Route 40 and began to turn left when a semi-truck, also on Route 40, attempted to pass the tractor by moving into the opposing lane. The two vehicles collided at the intersection when the tractor initiated its turn.

The driver of the tractor, 41-year-old Matthew Miller, died from his injuries.

The semi-truck driver was issued a citation for improper passing within 100 feet of an intersection.

No other details have been released.

Thoughts on semi-truck collisions

The surviving family deserves justice. They deserve to know exactly why this trucker decided to make an illegal passing. Commercial trucks cannot afford to take safety lightly. Any slight misstep can have devastating consequences, as this incident demonstrated. Attempting to pass another vehicle when it’s not safe to do so is never ok. When large trucks disregard basic traffic rules, and someone dies as a result, they should be held accountable.

Our hope is for the deceased’s family to receive justice and compensation for what they have been forced to endure — life without their loved one. May justice be served.



The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

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