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ST. LOUIS - Detectives with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating Thursday afternoon’s fatal crash on northbound Interstate 55 as a homicide.

According to Leah Freeman, a police spokeswoman, the accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on I-55 at Loughborough.

A vehicle carrying five people struck the median and overturned. Three people, two women and a man, were taken to the hospital. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. The two women were listed in critical condition. The other two occupants were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Larry Wilson, 60, was killed in the accident. Police initially said the man was in his late 60s.

Over the course of their investigation into the cause of the crash, police learned the driver, a 31-year-old woman, got into an argument with her 55-year-old boyfriend, who was in the front passenger seat. The woman threatened to crash the vehicle and allegedly did so, going from the far right lane into the median.

Freeman said police found the driver in possession of cocaine and marijuana.

No formal charges have been filed as of yet. The investigation remains ongoing.