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Woman and 17-year-old granddaughter killed in Madison County crash

Illinois State Police identified the victims as 73-year-old Sheila Macon of Greenville and a 17-year-old girl from Alton, whose name they didn't release.

MADISON COUNTY, Ill — Two people were killed Wednesday morning after their SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer near Hamel, Illinois.

Illinois State Police identified one of the victims Thursday morning as 73-year-old Sheila Macon of Greenville.

On Friday, police identified the second victim as 17-year-old Ciara Renee Macon of Alton. Police said Sheila was Ciara's grandmother.

ISP said the crash happened just before 8 a.m. on Illinois Route 4 at Illinois Route 140. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer was heading southbound on Route 4 as Macon drove westbound on Route 140. The tractor-trailer did not stop at the stop sign and struck the passenger side of Macon's SUV, ISP said.

Macon and her granddaughter were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer refused medical attention. He was issued a citation for disobeying a stop sign.

"It's kind of scary, they have been flying through the intersection like crazy," Becky Dorko said. 

Dorko said she works in the area and said she's seen four major accidents in the past eight years. This is the second time someone has lost their life while she's worked at the Amish Farmers Market on the corner.

"Missing the stop sign, semis and the cars," she said. "They need to put up some lights up here or something. We get a lot of traffic off the highway, a lot. A lot of out-of-staters. Anything they can do to help. Because they don't pay attention to the speed limit."

An investigation is underway.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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