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Pregnant woman killed after wheel hub smashes windshield on I-80

JOLIET, Ill. (March 9, 2018) – A pregnant mother of three was killed in a car accident on I-80 near Joliet Tuesday after a semi truck’s wheel hub came loose and smashed into her car’s windshield.

Around 2:20 p.m., the semitrailer was headed east on I-80 when a wheel hub came off the trailer’s rear axel near Rowell Avenue and crossed over into the westbound lanes of traffic. The lost hub collided with the windshield of a passenger car as it headed west, killing the female driver at the wheel, ABC 7 Chicago reports.

The victim was identified as 28-year-old Melinda Cullen of Joliet. Melinda was due to give birth 10 days after the crash. Her unborn son, Jaxson Cash Cullen, was also killed in the crash, according to her obituary.

Melinda leaves behind a husband and three daughters, ages 8, 5 and 15 months. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

The driver of the truck, Antanas Sereiva, 59, was charged with a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act violation for “unsafe equipment,” officials said.

The right lane of the westbound expressway was closed for an investigation for about 3 hours after the crash.

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