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A driver, who has not been further identified at this point, died, following a three-vehicle crash on I-80 in LaSalle County on Tuesday.

Illinois State Police say troopers responded to the crash at mile post 82, east of Utica, around 11:28 a.m.

According to a report, preliminary investigation indicates a 49 year-old Goodfield man, operating a truck-tractor with a semi-trailer, was westbound when he slowed, due to a traffic backup resulting from a vehicle fire further west in the westbound lane.

ISP says a 68 year-old Woodridge woman was also headed west behind the semi when she slowed.

The driver of a third vehicle was also westbound behind the Woodridge woman's vehicle.

Authorities say the third vehicle failed to slow for the traffic backup and struck the rear of the Woodridge woman's vehicle.

Before coming to a stop, the third vehicle also struck the rear of the semi trailer.

State Police say neither the Goodfield man or the Woodridge woman were injured. The driver of the third vehicle, whose identification is being withheld at this time, succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

The Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit and the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the crash.

The Utica Fire Department and ambulance also responded. No citations have been issued at this time.