• October 06, 2022

Sheila Macon, Teen Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Route 140 in Madison County, IL

UPDATE (October 6, 2022): Sources have identified the victims of this crash as 73-year-old Sheila Macon and an unnamed 17-year-old girl.

Hamel, IL — October 5, 2022, two people died when their SUV collided with a semi-truck on State Route 140 near Hamel in Madison County.

Authorities say the incident happened just before 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of state routes 140 and 4. Preliminary investigation suggests the victims' SUV was headed west on IL-140 as a tractor-trailer was southbound on Route 4. Police believe the truck driver disregarded the intersection's stop sign and flashing red light and proceeded forward, at which point the truck slammed into the passenger side of the westbound SUV.

Both the SUV's occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver reportedly refused treatment.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Sheila Macon, Teen Killed in Madison County, IL Truck Accident on SR 140

Commentary on Sheila Macon Accident in Madison County

If the trucker really didn't stop at the intersection as reports suggest, people may believe he and his employer would have little choice but to accept fault and make what amends they could. However, I caution against thinking any accident--especially one with a commercial truck--is truly as straightforward as it may seem. Frustrating as it is, trucking companies rarely accept fault without doing everything they can to avoid it first.

Some may think I'm just being cynical, but decades of working on commercial wrecks have taught me many important lessons about dealing with such companies. In all that time, I can say without exaggeration that exactly one simply admitted fault right away and tried to make things right. All the others fought every step of the way, so victims and families are best served by knowing what that might look like and how to overcome it. Click below to read more.

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