Two people lost their lives in an accident involving eight vehicles on I-55 in Madison County Tuesday at 6:14 PM.
According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of a truck-tractor semitrailer was southbound on Interstate 55 at milepost 27.5 near Hamel. According to witnesses, the driver of the truck struck seven vehicles at highway speed, fatally injuring the driver and passenger inside one of the vehicles.
Those killed in the accident have been identified as 17 year old Madisen N. Bertels and 20 year old Hailey Joann Bertels, sisters from Staunton. Madisen was driving a 2010 Kia sedan and Hailey was a backseat passenger. Each were wearing their seatbelts.
A total of twelve people were injured and transported to multiple area hospitals.
Two of the twelve people injured sustained life threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.