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SB I-57 in Williamson Co. reopened 5 hours after deadly crash

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Interstate 57 southbound is reopened after being closed for nearly five hours for a deadly crash on Friday, August 5.

It was closed just before noon between the Johnston City Exit 54 and Marion Exit 59.

According to Illinois State Police, a 2016 Freightliner semi truck with a trailer was going south on I-57 near mile post 56. Police say a 2015 Chevy Silverado was also going south, directly behind the semi.

According to police, a third vehicle, a 2007 International straight truck was going southbound behind the Silverado.

Police say the Freightliner and Silverado slowed in traffic because of an upcoming construction zone.

They say the International straight truck failed to slow down and hit the Silverado from behind, pushing it into the rear of the Freightliner.

Police say  Robert L. Gean, 72, of Harbor Springs, Mich., the driver of the Silverado, and Tab R. Barks, 49, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., the driver of the International straight truck, received critical injuries.

Robert Gean was airlifted to an Evansville, Ind. hospital and Tab Barks was airlifted to a St. Louis, Mo. hospital.

Robert Gean's passenger, 72-year-old Carol J. Gean, died from her injuries.

The driver of the Freightliner, 28-year-old Gaganjot S. Virk, of Bollingbrook, Ill., had minor injuries.

She was pronounced dead by Williamson County Coroner Junior Burke. He confirmed she was Robert Gean's wife.

According to ISP, charges are pending.

They say they believe the cause of the crash was failure to reduce speed and following too closely.

The incident is under investigation by the Williamson County coroner and Illinois State Police.

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