A child killed in an accident involving a semi-truck on Interstate 70 just north of downtown St. Louis Friday night has been identified.
St. Louis police said Eli Coley, 5, of South St. Louis City, was ejected from a 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The accident happened around 7 p.m. on eastbound I-70 near St. Louis Ave. All lanes of eastbound I-70 were closed for several hours following the accident.
A total of seven people were in the Chevy Trail Blazer, including two adults and five children. The six surviving victims were taken to a local hospital. Five of them are listed as in stable condition, including a 31-year-old woman (driver), a 29-year-old man, a 10-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old boy. One victim, a 10-year-old girl, is in critical condition.
Accident reconstruction crews were called to the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed that the Chevy attempted to change lanes into a lane that was occupied by a semi-truck. Police said the 31-year-old female driver of the Chevy overcorrected and lost control. The Chevy rolled over and hit the semi-truck on its side.
The driver of the semi-truck, a 32-year-old man, was not injured.
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