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Wrong-way crash kills one, injures two near Godfrey

One person was killed in a wrong-way crash late Wednesday night on Interstate 255 in Godfrey that involved three vehicles.

Marlon Burford, 30, was killed when his 1997 Pontiac Bonneville was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver. Burford, of South Roxana, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene, Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said.

The two others injured in the crash included the wrong-way driver, a 22-year-old woman from Godfrey who is suspected of driving while intoxicated, and a 28-year-old man from Jerseyville. Their names were not released.

The woman was airlifted to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with critical injuries. The man was transported to Barnes in serious condition, according to Dye.

Police said that a 2010 Chrysler 300, driven by the 22-year-old woman, was driving southbound on Interstate 255 in the northbound lanes at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. At least three calls were made to emergency services reporting the wrong-way driver, including one who was talking to dispatch when the crash occurred, Dye said.

People driving the wrong way “happens every day,” Dye said.

“Sometimes it’s an elderly person turned around, most of the time it’s a DUI,” Dye said.

“There’s been days we’ve gotten calls on 10 different wrong-way drivers. We’ve had them at 3 a.m., 8 a.m., noon, on two-lane roads, interstates – it’s constant,” he added.

The Chrysler hit Burford’s Pontiac head-on, and a 2013 Jeep driven by the 28-year-old man struck the Pontiac from behind.

“It basically got sandwiched,” Dye said.

The road was closed for approximately four hours as officers investigated, KMOV reported.

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