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VANDALIA — A 42-year-old man was killed Wednesday in a crash on Interstate 70 that involved five semitrucks and one passenger car, according to the Illinois State Police. 

The crash took place at 2:20 p.m. about a mile east of Vandalia. Police said Robert A. Todoran of Hammond, Louisiana, was driving one of the semitrucks and failed to reduce his speed as he approached a construction zone where traffic was stopped. 

Todoran's vehicle struck the back of the car in front of him, a 2014 Ford Fusion, which started a chain reaction involving the other four vehicles, police said. His vehicle left the roadway and came to a stop in the embankment, where it was engulfed in flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Fayette County coroner.

The driver of the Ford Fusion, a 27-year-old Springfield man, and his two passengers were taken to Fayette County Hospital, police said. No other injuries were reported, and no charges have been filed. 

The accident is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit, the Illinois State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the Fayette County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police District 12.


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Contact Claire Hettinger at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @ClaireHettinger

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