Highland News Leader

Mount Vernon woman killed in I-64 crash in Clinton County

The victim of a Tuesday afternoon fatal crash on Interstate 64 has been identified as a Mount Vernon woman.

Michele D. Baker, 36, was killed in a multi-car crash that happened on the interstate at just after 11 a.m., according to Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss.

Baker was a passenger in an eastbound 2015 Toyota Corolla near milepost 35 when the car veered off the highway and struck a broken down 2012 Mack truck that was stopped on the shoulder, according to Illinois State Police reports. The Toyota was then struck by a third vehicle, a 2016 Mazda CX-5.

Baker was ejected from the vehicle in which she was riding, according to police. Moss said he pronounced her dead at the scene at 11:57 a.m. An autopsy is expected to take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The driver of the Toyota, identified only as a 44-year-old woman from Mount Vernon, was transported to a St. Louis hospital by helicopter. The driver of the Mazda, a 73-year-old male and his 70-year-old female passenger, both from Green Valley, Arizona, were transported by ambulance to a Washington County hospital. The identities of the other people involved in the crash were not revealed by police.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to police. No citations had been issued as of Wednesday.

Interstate 64 was closed for more than six hours in the aftermath of the crash, according to state police. First responders reported difficulty getting to the scene because of massive traffic backup caused by the accident.