Kimberly Grey, Two Others Killed in Five-Vehicle Crash on I-55 near Funks Grove, IL
UPDATE (June 7, 2022): It is our sad duty to report that an 8-year-old girl involved in this accident died of her injuries in a hospital on Tuesday, June 7.
Funks Grove, IL — June 3, 2022, Kimberly Grey and another person were fatally injured in a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 near Funks Grove.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:55 p.m. on southbound I-55 near mile marker 151, southwest of Bloomington. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Grey was driving an SUV that was hit by a tractor-trailer during a crash that ultimately involved five vehicles.
Grey suffered fatal injuries in the accident. Another unidentified person was airlifted to an area hospital where they died a short time later. Three other people were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Five-Vehicle Accident on I-55 near Funks Grove
Right now there's still a lot of missing information about what happened here. That could mean police are just playing what they know close to the vest until they can confirm it, or it may mean they really don't know yet how five vehicles collided on the highway. Even a standard two-vehicle crash can be pretty chaotic to figure out, so when five of them--at least one a commercial truck--collide it can make quite a scene. I hope law enforcement is up to the challenge of making sense of it.
I'm not saying police will mishandle the investigation--nor am I saying one way or the other what exactly happened on I-55. Something as common as driver distraction or speeding might have been the culprit, but it's possible something less ordinary like poor road conditions or a vehicular failure was behind it. With so many vehicles involved it could even be a combination of factors. Every possibility must be considered in pursuit of the whole truth, and a careful investigation is always necessary to ensure vital clues aren't overlooked.
That brings me back to my original concern about law enforcement: Unfortunately police can't or don't always get to all the complexities of a crash like this. They may be reassigned before the job is really done, or they may not have the needed training or tools to get to the heart of the matter. That's why I often advise working with independent experts who have what they need to make sure every important bit of data is found. They might just find a simple explanation, but only after the job's done right can anyone know for sure.