Alcohol and speed were factors in an Interstate 55 wrong-way crash that killed three people Friday night, according to Illinois State Police.
A 29-year-old man from Collinsville was headed south on I-55 in a Mustang when he crossed the median, went through a wire barrier and struck head-on a 2005 gray Nissan Sentra traveling north. The collision killed the Mustang’s driver and the Nissan’s driver, a 59-year-old man from Troy, and a passenger in the Nissan, a 52-year-old man from Staunton.
Names of the victims were not yet released by ISP.
The crash closed Interstate 55 near Collinsville for more than five hours, said ISP spokesman Calvin “Buddy” Dye, Jr.
An investigation into the crash found an open bottle of whiskey in the center console of the Mustang.
Contributing factors were alcohol and driving too fast for conditions, Dye said.
The Mustang’s driver lived less than three miles away from the crash site.