Anyone who has ever needed assistance when their vehicle breaks down on the highway knows the sense of relief that happens when someone stops to offer aid. It is comforting to have assistance when it's needed. For a truck driver in Illinois who was having problems with his rig, that feeling was replaced with horror when one of the men who had stopped to help him was killed and another suffered serious injury.
Two similar crashes occurred on New Year's Day, one in Illinois and another in LaPorte County, Indiana. In one accident close to Peoria, a southbound vehicle on Ill. 394 crashed through a highway barrier after the driver lost control. The vehicle then hit a pickup truck traveling northbound, flipped over and caught on fire. Despite the apparent severity of this car accident, the only injuries sustained were minor ones.