A Missouri woman died after the SUV she was riding in overturned several times on Interstate 64 in East St. Louis late Monday night.
According to an Illinois State Police report, a 2002 Ford Explorer with a driver and two passengers was headed west in the right lane near mile marker 3 when its driver lost control shortly before 11:30 p.m. The SUV flipped several times before striking a concrete barrier and stopping in the median.
Killed in the crash was a 40-year-old woman from Salisbury, Mo. Police said she was riding in the rear of the SUV even though the seats had been put down. She was not wearing a safety belt. St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dennis Nichols said the woman, whose name wasn’t released, was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma at 12:28 a.m. Tuesday.
The driver, a 49-year-old woman also of Salisbury, was not wearing her seatbelt and also was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries. Police said a boy riding in the front seat whose age was not released was wearing his seatbelt and was taken to a St. Louis hospital with minor injuries.
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The crash remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon by ISP.
Traffic was closed until crews cleared the scene around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
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