Three people are dead after a crash on I-55 near Litchfield Friday morning.  A car and van collided around 6:30, after a mid 1990's model Chevrolet Impala either slowed or stopped on the highway.  A witness says the lights on the car were either very dim or not working at all.  One car swerved to miss the vehicle, but a van that was following did not, and struck the car, killing three and injuring another three people.  

The accident happened in the northbound lanes near mile marker 60.  Illinois State Police Jeff Yenchko says that has proven to be a dangerous area on Interstate 55.

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27-year-old Alea Shannon, and two of her children, 8-year-old Alfredo McGee Jr. and 2-year-old Armondo McGee were pronounced dead at the scene.  All victims lived in East St. Louis.  The driver, 31-year-old Alfredo McGee, was airlifted to a Springfield hospital and two other children, 6-year-old Annastashia McGee, and 5-year-old Alicea McGee, were taken to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis.  The extent of their injuries are unknown.  The family had recently moved to East St, Louis from Decatur, according to the Macoupin County Coroner's office.

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