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Leesburg Man Charged in Deadly Illinois Crash

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): A Leesburg man has been charged in a deadly crash in a construction zone in Illinois. WMAQ-TV in Chicago reports four people were killed and at least four others were injured when 51-year-old Francisco Quiroz entered the work zone on I-55 in Elwood. Police say traffic had stalled and Quiroz, who was driving a semi, rear-ended a vehicle in front of him at a high rate of speed, causing a chain-reaction crash involving three other vehicles and another tractor trailer. Among the charges Quiroz faces is failing to reduce his speed and falsifying his log book. He's being held on $1 million dollars bond.

Records show that since 1991, Quiroz has also been cited for driving without a license in his possession, disregarding a traffic control device, driving without a valid license for the type of vehicle he was operating and six other commercial vehicle violations.

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