Missouri Man identified as the final victim in 72-car pileup in Illinois 


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FARMERSVILLE, IL – Illinois State Police have identified the final victim of the fatal 72-car pileup that occurred on Interstate 55 as a man from Missouri. 

Otto Medina-Salazar, 58, from Carthage, MO, was among the seven people who lost their lives in the multiple crashes that took place on May 1, 2023, near Farmersville in Montgomery County.

The accident left 37 others injured, with varying degrees of severity. 

Previously, authorities had named six other victims, including Shirley Harper, Joseph Bates, Donna Bates, Earl LeGrand, and Michael and Amy Zinchuk.

As the investigation into the incident continues, the Illinois State Police expressed their condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The authorities have not released any further details about the accident, which was caused by reduced visibility due to dust.

The fatal pileup serves as a grim reminder for drivers to exercise caution and remain alert, especially in hazardous weather conditions. 


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