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Trucker charged with felony

Posted by wlpo on June 21, 2015

A semi driver from Tennessee faces a felony charge of driving while fatigued following a 12-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 in suburban Chicago.

52-year-old Mark Tipton of Crossville, Tennessee, appeared in bond court Sunday. Five people were taken to hospitals after the pre-dawn crash Friday. Another 9 people were treated at the scene. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

Investigators say Tipton failed to stop, causing a pileup collision on a section of roadway where 2 northbound lanes were closed for construction. The ISP says Tipton reported he fell asleep just before the crash and he did not attempt to stop.

Tipton faces other charges including violating truck driving rules and making a false report.

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