Melinda Cullen Killed By Loose Semi-Truck Wheel Hub on I-80 Near Rowell...

Melinda Cullen Killed By Loose Semi-Truck Wheel Hub on I-80 Near Rowell Avenue in Joliet


According to, a Coal City woman died Tuesday on Interstate 80 near Joliet in a freak accident.

Quoting from a preliminary Illinois State Patrol report, the news outlet says Melinda Cullen, 38, was proceeding westbound on I-80 when a wheel hub from an east bound semi-truck became detached from its rear tractor axle.

The wheel hub flew across the interstate, impacting Cullen’s windshield, and in the process killing her.

The accident occurred at approximately 2:18 PM on I-80 westbound near Rowell Avenue in Joliet. Any witnesses to the crash are encouraged to call the ISP’s District 5 office.

An accident investigation is still ongoing.

We will have more information on this accident as it becomes available.

This is an update. According to the Jolie Patch, the driver of the semi-truck, Antanas Sereiva, 59, of Bolingbrook, has been charged with a federal safety act violation for having unsafe equipment. In addition, the truck part that killed Cullen has now been more precisely identified as a brake drum. And according to the Joliet, the truck driver had a history of previous vehicle violations, including a 2016 DUI.

We at Illinois Accident Report commiserate with the friends and family of the victim. All of us at Illinois Accident Report are deeply saddened by this loss of life. Nothing can console the friends and families affected by such a terrible tragedy. We send condolences to all those involved. By writing these posts, we at Illinois Accident Report wish to raise safety awareness and provide the community with accident data.

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