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Haley Olaphan Hit and Killed by Tractor-Trailer in Benton, IL

Benton, IL — A woman was killed in a tractor-trailer accident in Benton, Illinois, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The accident took place at a rest stop just off of Interstate 57, near mile marker 73, around 5:00 in the afternoon.

The woman killed in the accident was identified as 72-year-old Haley Olaphan. Olaphan and her husband were driving a tractor-trailer and had parked at a rest stop. Olaphan was walking across the parking lot when she was hit by another truck trying to park.

The accident is currently under investigation. Police say that they aren’t sure whether or not any charges will be filed in the accident.

No other injuries were reported.

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Scene of the Accident

View from the Road


I have to say I’m a little confused at what’s happened. Anyone parking at a rest stop isn’t going to be burning rubber through the parking lot, especially if they’re driving a flatbed trailer. So, assuming the driver was going at a reasonable speed, why wasn’t he able to see the victim? Was he paying proper attention to what was going on around him? From what’s been reported, it just seems like this accident could have been easily avoided. And if it’s found that that was the case, then the trucking company needs to be held responsible for it.

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