EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) – A Livingston, Illinois woman died Monday night, days after being injured in a multi-vehicle accident on northbound Interstate 55 near Edwardsville.
Pauline McKinney, 62, was pronounced dead at 6:34 Monday night, Illinois State Police officials said. She was one of three people airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash involving a semi-truck and nine other vehicles at 1:43 p.m. Friday. The other two people who were airlifted are currently listed as serious at the hospital. Seven people suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
The crash occurred near the intersection of the interstate and Highway 143.
“It kind of sounded like maybe one of the storage shed doors closing. It was loud. I was confused I looked over. I saw the semi. He was just crashing through,” said witness Jason Asher.
The crash area spanned about a quarter mile of the highway.
Police said the 53-year-old driver of the semi-truck took his eyes off the road to grab a bottle of tea, causing him to rear-end a car, which caused a chain reaction. The semi-truck driver is from Lewistown, Illinois.
All northbound I-55 traffic was being diverted to I-70 while emergency crews responded to the crash. All lanes of I-55 reopened Friday evening.
The Illinois State Police Department is currently investigating the crash.
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