According to Illinois State Police (ISP), an investigation continues from last Sunday's multi-vehicle crash, which occurred just past exit 37 on the Interstate 24 westbound lanes of traffic leaving three people dead.
Local emergency personnel were dispatched to the eight-vehicle crash at approximately 12:40 p.m. on June 30 after Rickey Warren, 57, of Holly Springs, Mississippi, who was driving a 2007 Volvo semi tractor failed to reduce speed and struck a line of seven vehicles that were stopped in traffic, resulting in a chain reaction crash.
According to Massac-Metropolis 911 Director Keith Davis, Massac Emergency Services responded to the crash and ambulances from Paducah were also requested to provide mutual aid. Davis said two aircraft were requested but one was canceled while enroute.
The names of the deceased were released by ISP Tuesday evening. Lisa D. Earnest, 56, of Vandalia, was killed as was James F. Donnelly, 71 and his passenger, Marilyn J. Donnelly, 75, both of Bellevue, Nebraska.
Of the thirteen persons involved, three were fatalities, six were transported to area hospitals due to injury and four indicated no injury.
Those involved in the crash included Kurt Grubaugh, 38, and one minor child, of Cadiz, Kentucky, in a 2010 Honda Civic; Chase Taylor, 36, Nicole Taylor, 34 and two minor children, of Granite City, in a 2006 Hummer; Matthew Beebe, 24, of Saint Louis, Missouri, driving a 2014 KIA Sorento; Richard Reifsnider, 58, of Medina, Tennessee, driving a 2012 Ford pickup; and Feguens Florestal, 29, of Seaford, Delaware, driving a 2017 Freightliner semi truck.
Following the accident, the Metropolis Fire Department issued a statement on its Facebook page expressing their thoughts and prayers went out to all the family and loved ones of all of those involved in the accident. Also saying, "This was one of, if not the worst accident our guys have ever seen."
According to the preliminary report by ISP, conditions were clear and as of press time it is undetermined if seatbelts were being worn. The investigation is continuing.