LITCHFIELD — Three East St. Louis residents -- a woman and two young boys -- died early Friday morning when a cargo van rear-ended a stalled or slow-moving car in the northbound lane Interstate 55.
Alea Shannon, 27, and two boys, Armondo McGee, 2, and Alfredo McGee Jr., 8, were killed when a van collided with the rear of the 2000 Impala sedan they were seated in, the Illinois State Police have announced.
At about 5:20 a.m. Friday, a 2002 Ford Van driven by Senad Hodzic, 26, of St. Louis, struck the Impala, the state police announced.
Alfredo McGee, 31, the Impala's driver, was taken to Litchfield Hospital, and then airlifted to a hospital in Springfield.
Sisters Annastashia and Alicea McGee, 5, were airlifted to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. Shannon and the boys Armondo and Alfredo were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the state police.
Alfredo was a third-grade student at Signal Hill School in Belleville.
Hodzic, the driver of the Ford van, was not seriously injured, the state police announced.
Brad Targhetta, the Macoupin County coroner, said the family had lived in Decatur before moving to East St. Louis.
Litchfield is about 55 miles north of Belleville.