1 dead in crash on I-57

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY - Illinois State Police say one woman is dead and two other people were injured after a two-vehicle crash in Champaign County Saturday afternoon.

Authorities say their preliminary investigation reveals that a 2006 Dodge pickup truck was traveling southbound on Interstate 57 near mile post 255 when it attempted to pass a 2002 Ford Escape in the left lane, subsequently striking it with a flatbed trailer that the pickup was pulling.  ISP officials say the collision resulted in the Ford Escape driving into the grass median, overturning several times.

Troopers say one woman, identified as Laurie Chandler, 52, was found dead at the scene of the incident.  The driver of the Ford, as well as the back seat passenger, were transported to a local hospital.  Both northbound and southbound lanes of travel were temporarily closed as a result of this crash.

This incident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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