7 dead, dozens hurt in Illinois car crash caused by a dust storm

Seven dead, dozens hurt in Illinois car crash caused by a dust storm

Last updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023

Seven dead, dozens hurt in Illinois car crash caused by a dust storm

Seven people are confirmed dead and dozens injured in a central Illinois car crash following an intense dust storm along I-55 south of Springfield on Monday, May 1 morning.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) says the crash occurred shortly before 11 AM on I-55 in Montgomery County. Multiple chain-reaction accidents occurred on northbound and southbound lanes of I-55 over a 2-mile stretch. A massive 73 vehicles were impacted by the incident, including two semi-trucks that caught fire pretty fiercely. 

The duststorm victims said visibility was almost nonexistent once they got inside the cloud, which moved over them without warning. Several of them collided with other vehicles because they did not have time to brake.

More than 30 agencies responded to the scene to assist. Thirty-seven people went to nearby medical facilities with injuries ranging from minor to critical. Injured people range in age from 2 to 80 years old.

All those who tragically lost their lives were found “dead at the scene.” It wasn’t until Tuesday that the remains of what initially appeared to be one person turned out to be two. The “severity of the crash masked the remains,” a police statement said.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office identified one victim as Shirley Harper, 88, of Franklin, Wisconsin, a passenger in her daughter’s car. Luckily, her daughter survived and is in the hospital right now. The Illinois State Police is coordinating closely with the Coroner’s Office on identifying the other deceased and will release more information once identification is complete and proper notifications have gone out. 

All the deceased’s families and friends deserve our deepest condolences. Our prayers are with the injured for a speedy and complete recovery.

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