FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KPLR) - A horrible crash on I-64 in Fairview Heights involving construction workers has killed one person and left three others hurt. It happened Tuesday morning around 9:30 at I-64 eastbound near the Fairview Heights exit.
Investigators say a motorist was driving erratically when he crashed into a pickup truck then slammed into an attenuator on the back of a construction vehicle. An attenuator is a safety device on the back of a construction vehicle. There were three workers either on or near the attenuator from Briteway Striping Services, Incorporated out of New Baden, IL.
The owner of Briteway, Tricia Rehkemper, says they were getting ready to put down reflective markers on the interstate when the crash happened.
Two of the three workers were airlifted to SLU Hospital where one of them died.
The third worker and the driver of the car that caused the crash were taken to other hospitals.
Traffic was backed up for miles as authorities completely shut down I-64 east in the area so an accident reconstruction team from the Illinois State Police could investigate what exactly happened.
Some drivers were sitting in their cars for more than two hours going nowhere. Eastbound 64 in that the area was basically a parking lot. Eventually police had cars turn around on 64 East and get off the interstate at what is normally an on-ramp at Highway 159 near the St. Clair Square Mall.
No names have been released at this point although a source has told FOX 2 that worker who was killed was a husband and a father of three.
No word yet if the driver of the car that caused the crash will face any charges.
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