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Three dead in Belleville crash, State Police say

Three people died in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Centreville Avenue Friday afternoon, Illinois State Police said.

The crash happened a little after noon in the 2600 block of Centreville Avenue, also known as Illinois 158.

Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said a green Ford Escape was northbound and the driver, for unknown reasons, lost control and swerved into oncoming traffic, striking a maroon Chevrolet truck head-on. Dye said there was one person in the Escape and three people in the truck.

Police said the deceased included the driver of the Escape and two occupants of the truck. The driver of the maroon truck was critically injured and taken to a St. Louis-area hospital by helicopter.

“We are not that far along in the investigation,” Dye said. “It’s very unfortunate what happened this afternoon. Unfortunately, we have a lot of serious injury and fatal crashes on this stretch of Illinois 158.”

Police said the people who died had not been identified by 1:45 p.m. Friday.

Emergency responders were seen placing a white sheet over a body in the truck.

Workers from the Illinois Department of Transportation were directing traffic away from the crash scene while police investigated. At 2 p.m., police said the roadway was still shut down outside of Belleville.

The Northwest County Fire Protection District, Swansea Fire Department, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, St. Clair County Coroner’s Office, Illinois State Police, MedStar EMS and Monroe County EMS assisted.

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