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Three killed Interstate 57 chain reaction accident

Three people were killed in a chain reaction car accident on Interstate 57 near Mattoon on late Tuesday afternoon.

Accident reconstructionists are currently working to figure out the details of the accident that left three people dead and 13 others injured. The accident began when a truck driver looked down at a map and rear-ended a stopped vehicle in front of him.

The collision caused a chain reaction with eight other vehicles. One of the vehicles caught fire and the person inside was airlifted to the burn center at Memorial Medical Center. Traffic was backed up due to a northbound lanes being shut down because of resurfacing.

Car accidents can have devastating effects on all effected by them. Our thoughts go out to victims and their family and friends.