UPDATED: Ten Car Pile-Up On I-55 At Rt. 143

This story was updated Saturday morning with additional details…

The northbound lanes of Interstate 55 were shut down for several hours Friday around the exit for Illinois Route 143 in Madison County.

Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye told WGEL a ten-vehicle pile-up occurred on I-55 at the 23 mile marker at 1:43 PM Friday. Dye told us preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a semi truck took his eyes off the roadway to retrieve a bottle of tea, causing him to strike the rear of a passenger vehicle, which caused a chain reaction involving another eight vehicles.

Dye said three individuals were airlifted to hospitals with life-threatening injuries and another seven people were taken to area hospitals via ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi is a 53 year old male from Lewiston, IL. Identities of those involved in the crash have not been released and updates as to their conditions were not available.

The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

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