Two people are dead following a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 255 Monday afternoon. The Illinois State Police report that a red SUV was attempting to merge onto I-255 north from Interstate 64 west at a high rate of speed near milepost 21 when it sideswiped a green pickup truck, causing the truck to cross the median and crash head on into a passenger vehicle. A female passenger in the passenger vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Charges against the driver of the red SUV are pending. The names of the victims have not been released pending the notification of family members. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

(Copyright WBGZ Radio /