Four employees of injection molder Solar Corp. were killed April 22 and three others were injured when the van they were traveling to work in collided with a flatbed trailer.
Nine years ago the company experienced a nearly identical tragedy, when four workers were killed commuting to the Libertyville, Ill., plant from Chicago.
According to a news release from the Libertyville Police Department, the 1995 Chevrolet Astro minivan was on Route 176 when it collided with a 1995 Kenworth semi tractor. Declared dead at the scene were the van's driver, Alejandro Delgado, 37; and passengers Candido Cruz-Huerta, 45; Maria Mendez, 52; and Victoria Torres-Orduna, 43. Injured were Rosa Dominguez, 55; Candy Gonzalez, 53; and Roberto Mendez, 19. All of the victims are from Chicago.
The injured were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not available.
``It certainly was extremely tragic and our emphasis has been on helping the families of those who passed away and those who are recovering,'' said Ken Formanski, a spokesman for the company.
According to a Chicago Tribune report, Gonzalez also was injured in the 1994 crash. She remained hospitalized April 24.
The 215,000-square-foot plant in Libertyville employs 500 and manufactures decorative piece parts for the home entertainment and automotive industries. The workers involved in the accident had between five and 20 years of service at Solar and most had been machine operators, Formanski said.
The accident occurred at about 11:50 p.m., according to police.