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Authorities identify victims killed in eight-vehicle crash near Metropolis

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MASSAC COUNTY (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police (ISP) is now releasing the names of the people involved in an eight-vehicle crash that killed three people and injured several others Sunday in Massac County. 

Lisa D. Earnest, 56, of Vandalia; James F. Donnelly, 71, of Bellevue, Nebraska, and his passenger, Marilyn J. Donnelly, 75, also of Bellevue, Nebraska were killed in the crash in the westbound lanes of I-24 near Metropolis Sunday around 12:40 p.m.

ISP said seven of the vehicles were stopped in traffic on I-24 westbound near mile marker 37. 

A preliminary investigation shows a semi failed to reduce speed and struck the line of vehicles resulting in a chain reaction crash. 

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