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Wrong way driver causes fatal Illinois truck accident

A motorist that crossed an interstate median has caused an Illinois truck versus car crash, killing himself and a truck driver, according to ksdk.com. The deadly auto accident occurred Wednesday on Interstate 64 in Clinton County.

The Illinois State Police are handling the crash investigation and they are reporting that a car traveled across the median near milepost 36 and headed eastbound in the westbound lanes until it slammed head-on into a semi truck. The wrong way driver, a 39-year-old St. Louis resident, was rushed to a nearby hospital and died a short time later.

The truck driver, a 29-year-old woman from Florida, passed away at the scene of the accident. Her husband, who was riding as a passenger, survived the accident and was taken to nearby St. John’s Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.

State police do not know what caused the driver to travel into oncoming traffic. The crash investigation is ongoing.

stltoday.com is reporting that after the collision the truck left the road, struck an embankment and then caught on fire. The trucker was trapped in the vehicle and died in the fire.

The collision occurred just before 5 AM and it shut down part of the highway for around 12 hours.