ST. LOUIS ( -- Two people were killed after a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 south of St. Louis Sunday afternoon. 

The St. Louis Fire Department said two people were killed after an accident involving a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle on northbound I-55 near the 7th Street exit.

2 killed after car was wedged under a semi on I-55/I-44 south of downtown St. Louis- close up

According to police, the 47-year-old driver of the tractor trailer said he slowed down due to the lanes closures ahead of the construction zone nearby. The driver told police he had turned his hazards lights on to warn other motorists before he came to a stop. 

Once stopped, the tractor trailer was rear-ended by a Volkswagen driven by Taron Tailor, 30, of Hartford Ave.

Police said both Tailor and his passenger, 22-year-old Nicholas Perkins, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

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