LITCHFIELD, Ill. (KSDK) – An adult and two children died after an accident on Interstate 55 near the Mt. Olive exit, Illinois State Police said Friday. Two other children were taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis with unknown injuries.
Police say a 2002 Ford van struck a 2002 Chevy Impala, killing an adult passenger and two children inside. The driver of the Impala, 31-year-old Alfredo McGee, was taken to a hospital in Springfield, Ill.
The Impala was either stopped or slowed down on the interstate when the accident occurred. One of the children who died was in a car seat. All four children were in the back seat.
The driver of the van, 26-year-old Senad Hodzic, was treated and released.
Twenty-seven-year-old Alea Shannon, 8-year-old Alfredo McGee Jr. and 2-year-old Armondo McGee were pronounced dead at the scene. The children at Cardinal Glennon were identified as 6-year-old Annastashia McGee and 5-year-old Alicea McGee.
All lanes of northbound I-55 are still closed at exit 44. Southbound lanes reopened that morning.
No additional information was immediately available.