Monday traffic crash claims one

Traffic backed up on Interstate 55 Friday as a result of a fatal accident. (Jillian Gray/WJEZ)


By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News

A traffic crash on Interstate 55 north of the Gardner exit Monday afternoon claimed the life of one.

According to Grundy County Coroner John Callahan, the rollover crash occurred in the southbound lane shortly after 4 p.m. causing northbound traffic to stop. At that time, Callahan said it appears a van traveling northbound didn’t see the stopped traffic and crashed into the rear of a midsize vehicle, causing it to strike the vehicle in front of it. The van then spun around and struck another vehicle, causing it to roll on its side.

The driver of the van was identified as Stephen Fulse and was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 5.

This accident and the death of Fulse are both under investigation by the Illinois State Police and Grundy County Coroner.