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Arlington Heights man dies after 4-vehicle crash on I-55

Updated: July 25, 2013 12:24AM

An Arlington Heights man was killed in a four-vehicle crash early Wednesday on Interstate 55 near southwest suburban Channahon.

John R. Hoeppel, 61, was driving an Audi TT Coupe south on Interstate 55 just south of the Interstate 80 interchange when a Nissan Xterra rear-ended his car about 6:30 a.m., Illinois State Police Joliet District Master Sgt. Fred Rivera said.

The driver of the Nissan had just crested a hill and could not swerve in time to avoid the slow traffic ahead, Rivera said.

The crash pushed the Audi under the trailer of a Freightliner truck in front of it, Rivera said. The Nissan also flipped over, crashing into a Volkswagen Beetle.

Hoeppel was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he underwent surgery and was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m., authorities said.

The driver of the Nissan suffered injuries that weren’t life threatening and was taken to Saint Joseph, Rivera said. The drivers of the semi and the Volkswagen were not hurt.

Police did not release the name of the motorist who was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Illinois State Police will reconstruct the fatal crash as authorities continue their investigation.

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