EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – One person is dead, and another is injured after cars crash into an Edwardsville retention pond, authorities said. The vehicles were stolen from a Wood River car dealership.
Wood River Police were called to the Federico Chrysler Car Dealership at around 1:00 am after an alarm in the building went off. They discovered that someone broke a window and went into the dealership.
At around the same time a Roxana Police officer saw several vehicles speeding on southbound on I-255. Police later determined that these cars were stolen from the dealership.
Two of the cars crashed near along I-255 just north of I-270 at the Gateway Commerce Center. They went into an Edwardsville retention pond. One of the vehicles was found in just a few inches of water. The other was submerged in 12 feet of water.
One of the drivers was thrown from the vehicle and airlifted to a local hospital. The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Hillsboro Fire Department’s Dive Team was able to pull the body out of the water.
Illinois State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
It is not clear how many vehicles were stolen from the dealership or if police are searching for more suspects.