UPDATE (5:48 p.m.)– I-55 has been opened to traffic.
Those who were traveling north on I-55 prior to the crash and need to pick up their vehicles can call (618) 346-3653.
UPDATE (5:37 p.m.)– The Illinois State Police sent a press release Tuesday confirming another fatality in the I-55 crash.
This brings the total amount of deaths from the massive car pile-up to seven.
ISP is working with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to confirm the identification of the seven deceased and information will be released once identification is complete and proper notifications have been made.
A total of 37 people were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical and ages spanning 2-years-old to 80-years-old. Approximately 72 vehicles are known to be involved in the crashes that occurred.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD)– The Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation have closed Interstate 55 southbound and northbound between mileposts 63 and 82, the same stretch as Monday’s deadly 72-car crash.
This is a precautionary measure as high winds and low visibility continue to offer poor driving conditions.