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2nd person dies after wrong-way crash on I-64

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Mickeal Stephens (Family Photo) Mickeal Stephens (Family Photo)
Police have confirmed at least one person has died in a two-vehicle accident that took place on I-64 Eastbound. (Credit: KMOV) Police have confirmed at least one person has died in a two-vehicle accident that took place on I-64 Eastbound. (Credit: KMOV)
Police have confirmed at least one person has died in a two-vehicle accident that took place on I-64 Eastbound. (Credit: KMOV) Police have confirmed at least one person has died in a two-vehicle accident that took place on I-64 Eastbound. (Credit: KMOV)
(Credit: KMOV) (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on eastbound Interstate 64 early Sunday morning.

Around 3:30 a.m., a 2014 GMC Terrain traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the interstate collided head-on with a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse.

Mickeal Stephens, 21, of Bethalto was pronounced dead at the scene. His family describes the young man as kind-hearted, determined and hardworking. 

 "I want the word out there he was a positive kid, always looked at the glass half full, not empty, always he strived to be the best in everything he did," said his mother Nanette Morgan. 

Morgan said her son was studying to be a nurse, following his his mother's footsteps. On Saturday they went to Eckerts pumpkin patch together, the last thing they would do as a family. His little brother Norman says he was the best big brother. 

"It's very heart wrenching for him to go through this because he understands his brother's never coming back," said Morgan.

Stephens graduated from Alton High School and was working at the Amazon Fulfillment Center while going to school. 
He was on his way home to Illinois from St. Louis early Sunday with his friends when the head on crash happened.

The male driver and a female passenger in the Traverse were taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition.

The 27-year-old driver, Blake Stabler, of the Terrain who drove the wrong way was taken to the hospital in critical, unstable condition. Tuesday morning, officials confirmed Stabler was pronounced dead.

Police have not said whether alcohol was involved, saying results from a toxicology test is needed to make that determination.

The eastbound lanes of the interstate at 14th Street were closed for about three hours while accident reconstruction investigated. 

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