Victim of I-70 fatal accident ID'd; search continues for semi-truck involved


by Tiffany Paradise & Stephanie Baumer / KMOV Web Staff

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 8:21 PM

Westbound I-70 shut down in Metro East

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Troy, Ill. (KMOV) – The man killed in an accident on Interstate 70 early Wednesday morning was identified by a coroner.

According to authorities, an Impala, driven by 20-year-old Jacob Dey, was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 when the driver lost control and swerved to the right then the left before being hit by a semi-truck. The semi-truck left the scene without stopping. 

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After the first semi-truck hit the Impala, a second semi-truck, which was carrying corn, hit the car. After the second collision, the Impala went into a ravine while the semi-truck rolled over and was facing the wrong way.

Illinois State Police said Dey, of Brighton, Illinois, may have fallen asleep prior to the initial crash because he had just finished working an overnight shift at a fast food chain. 

Dey was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred around 1:50 a.m. near mile marker 18 near Troy, Ill.

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The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. while accident reconstruction crews were on the scene.