Three Killed in Collision with Garbage Truck Near Chicago
Three people were killed when their car collided with a garbage truck in Glenview, Ill., outside Chicago, on a recent Tuesday.
Won Suk Rim, 57, was at the wheel of his Kia SUV, accompanied by his wife, Jung Ran Min, 52, and another woman who was not immediately identified. The SUV collided with a garbage truck and became wedged underneath. The three died of a combination of blunt force trauma and fire. The garbage truck driver was uninjured.
The truck is owned by the village of Skokie, Ill. The driver has been an employee of Skokie for nearly 20 years and has an exemplary record, according to village spokeswoman Ann Tennes. In a statement posted to the village website, Skokie officials said the employee was not at fault.
“The village refuse truck had complete right of way and entered the intersection, at which time a passenger vehicle violated the two-way stop sign control and entered the intersection,” the statement read.
The driver’s name was not released, but Tennes said he would receive counseling and was not expected to return to driving the truck until next week, which was not a punitive action.
Rim and Min were Korean immigrants who had been living in the United States for eight years. Their remains will be returned to their two adult children in Korea.
If you or a loved one are in an auto accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Even if it seems apparent that the other party is not to blame, often there is more to an accident than meets the eye.