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2 killed in multicar crash on I-55 and Gravois near downtown identified

The crash happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday and is under investigation by St. Louis police and the accident reconstruction unit

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis police and accident reconstruction are investigating a deadly multicar crash on Interstate 55 under Gravois Avenue south of downtown St. Louis early Sunday.

Detectives said two men were killed — the driver in one car and passenger in the other. The other driver, a 26-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition, police said.

Investigators believe the driver of a 2021 Mercedes GLE 63S — identified Monday as 25-year-old Christian Wimbley — was speeding east on Gravois when a 2016 Honda Accord, heading westbound on Gravois, turned left to enter southbound I-55 in front of the Mercedes. The Mercedes T-boned the Honda, which essentially broke in half.

The Mercedes went off the road and vaulted onto southbound I-55, landing on its roof. Paramedics pronounced Wimbley and the 26-year-old passenger of the Accord dead at the scene. The passenger was identified Monday as 27-year-old Haris Vranjkovina.

The southbound lanes of I-55 had to be shut down for several hours early Sunday.

The medical examiner's report is pending, and SLMPD Accident Reconstruction is handling the investigation. 

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

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