JEFFERSON COUNTY – Two people are dead following a two-vehicle crash along Interstate 57 on Wednesday.
A 73-year-old man and 70-year-old woman, both of Grafton, were involved in a two-vehicle crash with a driver from Wisconsin at 2:32 p.m. Wednesday near milepost 84 northbound on I-57 in Jefferson County, Illinois State Police said in a news release.
Nodell Graves, 31, of Madison, Wisconsin, was stopped on the right shoulder of northbound I-57 near milepost 84 in his 2017 white Sierra, ISP said.
The 73-year-old driver and the 70-year-old passenger were traveling northbound in the same location and struck the rear of the Sierra with their 2019 white truck tractor, ISP said.
The 73-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, ISP said.
The 70-year-old was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead, ISP said.
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Graves was uninjured in the crash.
The names of both deceased individuals will be released following notification of their next of kin.
I-57 northbound was closed with traffic diverted at exit 77 during the crash investigation, ISP said.
This crash is still under investigation by ISP.