One dead after semi, van collision on I-74

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MORTON, Ill. (WMBD) — One person is dead after a head-on collision that closed the eastbound lanes of I-74 at milepost 105 near Morton on Wednesday morning.

The Illinois State Police said a Chevrolet van was traveling westbound at approximately 8:06 a.m. when it lost control due to icy roads near the milepost and drove into oncoming eastbound traffic. The van collided with a semi-trailer truck.

All eastbound lanes are currently closed and traffic is being rerouted onto exit 102.

State Trooper Haylie Polistina said the deceased was one of three people traveling in the van. Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley pronounced the person dead at the scene at 8:58 a.m. and their identity will be shared pending next of kin notification.

The semi-trailer driver was identified as 36-year-old Gabane I. Abdi of Mechanicsburg, Pa. The passengers of the van were identified as 33-year-old Cesar Andres Remolina-Alvarez, and Estreberto Gomez-Garcia, 22, of Bloomington.

Abdi, Remonlina-Alvarez, and Gomez-Garcia were all transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Polistina said.

Traffic will continue to be rerouted throughout the morning and early afternoon.

This story will be updated.

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