MARINE, IL (KTVI) - Part of westbound I-70 in Madison County, Illinois was completely closed Wednesday morning after a deadly crash overnight between two tractor trailers and a passenger car. The westbound lanes of I-70 were shut down and cars were re-routed at Route 4. Illinois State Police accident reconstruction crews are handling the case.
The crash happened around 1:50 a.m.
According to Illinois State Police, the driver of the Impala was traveling on I-70 westbound at milepost 18 and for unknown reasons, lost control of the wheel. He swerved to the right and over corrected to the left resulting in his vehicle being parked sideways in all lanes of traffic.
The first semi-truck struck the Impala and proceeded westbound on I-70. That driver did not stop during the time of the traffic crash.
This lead to the second semi that was also traveling westbound on I-70 to strike the Impala on the passenger side, causing it to spin out of control even more. Both vehicles were forced off of the right side of the highway. The Impala came to a stop along the right side of the roadway and the second semi overturned in the right ditch off of the roadway. The driver of the Impala was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 2:30 a.m. The driver of the second semi was not injured.
There is no vehicle description at this time. Police assume that the driver of the first tractor trailer has front end damage.
This case is still under investigation.