A Bethalto couple is dead following a late Friday morning, three-car crash on Highway 143 near the Wood River Creek Bridge in East Alton. 80-year old Leonard McCormick was pronounced dead at the scene, his wife Shirley McCormick was airlifted from the scene to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where she was later pronounced dead.

The drivers of the other two vehicles were taken by ambulance to local hospitals for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, their identities are not known at this time.

Major Brian Archer of the East Alton Police Department says the crash happened just before 11am Friday because of a failure to yield, but no charges have been filed at this time.

That section of Highway 143 was closed for several hours before it was reopened. The crash remains under the investigation of the East Alton Police Department.

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