UPDATE (6/17/14): ISP have identified the victim who died as 74 year-old David Jones of Pecatonica.
Four others were taken to the hospital with what officials are calling "major injuries." Those victims are:
- William Young, 47, Owatonna, MN
- Carol Silvestri, 64, Downers Grove
- Bernard Klotz, 71, Ft. Myers, FL
- Sara Jones, 71, Pecatonica (Airlifted)
ISP says all those involved were traveling south on I-39 near mile post 112. Everyone but the semi driver, Jay Taylor, slowed down for construction, causing a chain reaction. Taylor struck the Jones' car, forcing it into a ditch. Taylor then hit Young's car into the median. The semi continued to hit Silvestri's car, pushing it onto the left shoulder. Taylor swerved into the west ditch where it struck Klotz.
Taylor was cited for failure to reduce speed. The accident remains under investigation.
UPDATE - Police confirm to Eyewitness News that one is dead in the 5 vehicle-accident.
UPDATE - Our crew on the scene says the crash involves a semi-truck and at least two other vehicles.
UPDATE - State police are diverting southbound off at Baxter Road while they work the crash scene.
OGLE COUNTY - State Police confirm they are working a serious accident on I-39 near the Monroe Center area about 10 miles south of Rockford.
Details about the crash are not known, but traffic is backed up for miles in both directions.
The reported area of the crash is in a construction zone, although police could not confirm that.
Eyewitness News has a crew on the way and will provide more details as they become available.
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