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Recent car accident could have been deadly

Many of our readers in Illinois know that, in many cases, car accident investigations conducted by law enforcement officials are crucial in determining how a car accident occurred. That will likely be the case in a recent accident, as reports about the crash have not identified a cause. But, what is known is that the accident could have been deadly, if not for the efforts of emergency responders.

According to a recent report, the car accident in question occurred on May 4 on Interstate 64 near Caseyville, and involved multiple motor vehicles. The reports indicate that one vehicle involved was pushed off of the highway and into a retention pond. The vehicle was reportedly submerged in the water. And, to make matters even more dangerous, live power lines were also in the water.

Two individuals in the submerged vehicle were injured in this car accident, but they were rescued from the water by a special emergency services team. This accident initially led to all traffic in the westbound lanes of I-64 being stopped, before eventually opening lanes up.

While the recent reports about this recent accident detail the heroics of the emergency responders involved, there is still an open question as to how this multi-car accident occurred in the first place. The accident investigation of this incident is being conducted by the Illinois State Police. If the victims in this case were injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, they may be able to seek civil court options to attempt to recover compensation to cover their costs.

Source: Belleville News-Democrat, "Two rescued from car submerged in water after crash on I-64 in Caseyville," Elizabeth Donald, May 4, 2018

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