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Sami S. Guzick, 50, and Jugoslav Djordjevic, 49, dead in fiery crash involving 3 commercial vehicles on I-80 near Joliet, Illinois
The crash, which involved three commercial vehicles, happened at 6:12 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-80 near Larkin Avenue in Joliet, state police said.
Shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday, three commercial vehicles crashed, leading to one fatality and a vehicle fire, an Illinois State Police officer said. The crash occurred at mile marker 129 and all eastbound lanes on I-80 are shut down.
All three semis caught fire after the collision, state police said. The cab of the semi that hit the FedEx trucks was completely destroyed. Miguel Fernandez described hearing a loud bang before seeing the flames.
"All I seen was a big old fireball. Next thing I know, when we started passing by, I seen three semis - actually, two of them were on fire - the other was disintegrated from the front. Also I seen there was man that came out one of the semis. He was on fire," Fernandez said.
One of the men was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died at 9:09 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
LaGrange resident Jugoslav Djordjevic, 49, died on Wednesday from his injuries sustained in the crash, state police said. His truck had broken down near mile marker 129 in Joliet. A second FedEx driver responded to Interstate 80 to help the disabled motorist, and she was killed at the scene.
The lawsuit filed in Cook County court on Oct. 24 seeks damages against Douglass Norfleet, 46, of Chicago, and West Side Transport for the crash that led to the death of Jugoslav Djordjevic, 49, of LaGrange.