Indiana trucker charged in deadly Illinois crash

Bond has been set at one million dollars for a truck driver involved in a deadly crash in Illinois.

The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Monday in the northbound lanes of I-55 just south of Arsenal Road.

Illinois State Police say Francisco Espinal-Quiroz was speeding in a construction zone when he abruptly changed lanes. It caused a chain reaction crash involving two cars and a van.

Four women were killed and four people were injured.

The women killed were identified as:

  • Kimberly K. Britton, 43, Urbana, Illinois

  • Piper Britton, Urbana, Illinois

  • Vicky L. Palacios, 54, Coal City, Illinois

  • Ulrike P. Blopleh, 48, Channahon, Illinois 

Espinal-Quiroz was charged with felony logbook violations and received a traffic citation for failure to reduce speed.


Espinal-Quiroz is the owner-operator of Espinal Trucking in Leesburg, Indiana.

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