NEW BADEN, IL (KTVI) - The Illinois State Police say two people died Wednesday morning after the semi-truck they were in slammed into an overpass. The crash happened just after 6 a.m. on Interstate 64 just east of New Baden, Illinois.
The two killed were a 27-year-old driver and his 54-year-old passenger. Both men are from Florida. Authorities say both died on the scene.
The accident is under investigation but authorities think the 27-year-old driver may have fallen asleep behind the wheel. A witness told police the truck veered left and then veered to the right before hitting the overpass at full speed.
The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 were shut down for several hours while crews cleaned up debris and cleared the damaged truck and its goods from the highway.