I-57 reopened after deadly crash in Union County - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

I-57 reopened after deadly crash in Union County

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UPDATED STORY: THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 9:00 A.M.

UNION COUNTY -- Illinois State Police have identified the victims of Wednesday morning's deadly crash on Interstate 57 in Union County. Eric Barnett, 25, of Adrian, Michigan was behind the wheel of a 2002 GMC Yukon. Police say he crossed the median and collided head on with a semi tractor trailer in the southbound lanes near Lick Creek Road. 

Barnett is being treated for life-threatening injuries. Police say Michael Villalobos, 26 of Tulia, Texas, Taylor D. Garza, 24, of Adrian, Michigan and a three month old infant all died in the crash. The cause is still under investigation.

UPDATED STORY: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017 12:35 P.M.

UNION COUNTY -- Illinois State Police have released more information about a deadly crash that happened early Wednesday morning on Interstate 57.

Preliminary investigation shows that at 2:14 Wednesday morning a 2002 GMC Yukon was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of Interstate 57 near Lick Creek Road when it crashed head-on with a semi-truck.

The driver of the Yukon was taken to a regional hospital by helicopter with life-threatening injuries. Three passengers in that SUV were pronounced dead at the scene, one adult male, one adult female and one minor.

The crash closed a portion of Interstate 57 for seven hours for investigation and cleanup.

All lanes are open as of noon Wednesday.

The crash is still being investigated.

UPDATED STORY: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017 6:30 A.M.

UNION COUNTY -- Illinois State Police Trooper Greg Miller said multiple people died in Wednesday morning's crash. Authorities are still identifying the victims and could not identify them as of this update.

ORIGINAL STORY

UNION COUNTY -- A portion of Interstate 57 in Union County is closed as of 4:00 a.m. due to a fatal car accident. That's a couple miles north of the Route 146 exit. Illinois State Police say that crash happened early Wednesday morning in the southbound lanes of I-57 at milepost 32.5. 

Investigators are only releasing at this time that a passenger car and truck tractor semi collided. Traffic is being diverted at milepost 40 and milepost 30. Police ask that drivers find alternate routes for the time being.

No names are being released at this time.

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