A fatal rollover traffic crash Tuesday afternoon claims the life of one and leaves another in critical care. According to preliminary details from Illinois State Police Traffic Crash Reconstruction Officers, a 2005 silver Scion was eastbound on I-72 at milepost 179, when the vehicle left the roadway, struck the eastbound guardrail at the rising road overpass, crossed the center median onto all the westbound lanes, before striking the west guardrail on the north side of the shoulder. The passenger in the vehicle was ejected, while the driver was partially ejected. Both were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
The driver, a 17 year old female from Monticello, IL, succumbed due to her injuries at the hospital. The passenger, a 20 year old male from Allerton, IL, remains in critical condition. At this time both names are not being released and the crash remains under investigation. I-72 was closed for approximately four hours.