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Woman killed in wrong-way crash on I-64

Wrong-way crash on Interstate 64 kills one person

A woman was killed Sunday morning in a car accident on I65 near Washington Park and East St. Louis.
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A woman was killed Sunday morning in a car accident on I65 near Washington Park and East St. Louis.

A 56-year-old woman was killed when a wrong-way driver crashed into her car on Interstate 64 Sunday morning.

Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. said dispatchers received a call about 7:03 a.m. Sunday reporting a driver headed east in the westbound lane near Kingshighway in Washington Park.

“We were trying to get officers to the scene when we received a call reporting the crash,” Dye said.

The at-fault driver, a 29-year-old man from O’Fallon, collided with another vehicle driven by a woman on the interstate near Washington Park and East St. Louis. The woman, who was from St. Louis, was declared dead at the scene.

Emergency personnel were still working at 8 a.m. to extract her from the car, Dye said.

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An Illinois State Police officer stands by one of the wrecked vehicles Sunday on the west-bound side of I-64 near Washington Park. Steve Nagy snagy@bnd.com

The at-fault driver was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, Dye said.

Westbound lanes of the interstate remained closed as of 10 a.m. with Illinois Department of Transportation crews on the scene. Traffic was being diverted to Interstate 255, Dye said.

The crash is the the second wrong-way driver fatality in four days, Dye said, and the 165th crash District 11 Troopers have responded to since the beginning of 2018.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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