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I-55 crash trucker charged with reckless homicide

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 11:59 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – An Indiana truck driver involved in a crash that killed five people on an interstate southwest of Chicago has been charged with reckless homicide.

The indictment also alleges 51-year-old Francisco Espinal-Quiroz of Leesburg, Indiana, had physical conditions preventing him from driving safely, including a complete loss of vision in one eye.

The Will County state's attorney's office announced the new charges Thursday.

Earlier charges accused Espinal-Quiroz of falsifying entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours spent behind the wheel. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.

The crash took place July 22 on Interstate 55 near Channahon. The semi-truck struck several vehicles stopped in a construction zone.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Thursday.

His arraignment is Sept. 9.

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