(KMOV) -- Two people are dead after three separate crashes on Interstate 70 in Illinois.
The first crash happened around 6:50 a.m. on Monday on westbound I-70. The second happened just a few miles behind the first wreck at 7:00 a.m. and the third crash happened around 8:30 a.m. not far from the other two wrecks.
Several tractor-trailers and a couple of other vehicles were involved in the accidents.
Crash #1: Illinois State Police say that a tractor-trailer lost its load when the trailer separated from the tractor cab . A News 4 crew on the scene says that the tractor-trailer was carrying frozen seafood that scattered all over the highway. The driver of this truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Crash #2: The second crash was a chain-reaction accident involving three semi-trucks and a pick-up truck, just two miles behind the first accident. In this crash, the pick-up truck rear-ended a semi-truck. Two more semi-trucks then crashed into the other vehicles. The last semi-truck in this wreck then caught fire, trapping the occupants inside. The driver, 52-year-old Jerald D. Jaynes, and his passenger, 23-year-old William T. Burleson, were killed in the wreck. Two other people involved in the wreck suffered minor injuries.
Crash #3: The third crash happened not far from the other two. A News 4 crew on the scene says that a motorcyclist hit another tractor-trailer. There were no serious injuries reported in this wreck.
The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 were closed for multiple hours for reconstruction and clean up purposes, but have now re-opened.