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Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team Rules on December Fatality

An Illinois State Police investigation from a car versus school bus crash last December reveals fatigue may have been a contributing factor in the death of a Braceville man.

29-year-old Matthew Ballenger was killed when his vehicle crashed into the rear of a school bus on Route 113 at Kankakee County Road 7500 West.

A state police reconstruction team said there no motor carrier vehicle violations involved in the accident, which occurred at 7:15 am. Police reports indicated Ballenger was returning home from working a 12-hour shift and it may have been fatigue which led to the crash. Ballenger’s vehicle was traveling at 71 mph and he was not wearing a seat belt.

Six students on the bus were treated for minor injuries.


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