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Number of Fatalities in I-55 Crash Increases

Wreckage from the I-55 Crash May 1, 2023
Nathan Cormier

The Illinois State Police has located another fatality from the Monday crash on I-55 south of Springfield.

Initially, six individuals were found deceased at the crash scene. However, the severity of the crash masked the remains and what was previously believed to be the remains of one individual was two.

ISP is working closely with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office to confirm the identification of the seven deceased individuals and information will be released once identification is complete and proper notifications have been made.

The coroner previously confirmed 88-year-old Shirley Harper of Franklin, Wisconsin died in the crash.

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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