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Multiple Fatalities Reported After Major Crash On Interstate 55 In Illinois

MONTGOMERY COUNTY IL – Multiple people were killed after an 80-car pileup happened on Interstate 55 in Montgomery County around 10:55 a.m. Monday.

ISP Troops 6 and 8 responded to the above area for multiple crashes with injuries. Interstate 55 is currently shut down in both directions from milepost 63 to milepost 80. Visibility in the area is reported to be low due to blowing dust. Traffic is urged to seek alternate routes.

At 10:55 a.m. there was a crash on northbound Interstate 55 at Milepost 76. At the same time, there were numerous crashes on southbound Interstate 55 at Milepost 76. Approximately 20 commercial motor vehicles and 40 to 60 passenger cars were involved. This includes two truck tractor semi-trailers that caught fire as a result of the crashes.

At this time, we have reports of more than 30 people being transported to the hospital and multiple fatalities. The cause of the crash is due to excessive winds blowing dirt from farm fields across the highway leading to zero visibility.

We will have more information soon.

Chris Rhodes
Author: Chris Rhodes

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