Small Private Plane Crash on I-55 Near Lincoln Illinois Kills 3, Closes SB I-55 Tuesday

Illinois State Police troopers and local firefighters and paramedics responded just before 8:50 a.m. Tuesday March 3, 2020 to a private plane crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 at milepost 126.A deadly plane crash has closed a stretch of interstate in Lincoln, Illinois.

According to the Illinois State Police southbound lanes of Interstate 55 at milepost 126 were closed after a small plane crashed, and would remain closed for about 4-5 hours, until about 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March3, 2020. Northbound lanes were open.

The Illinois State Police also reported at 9:11 a.m. that IDOT is on scene and will be working on a detour.

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The aircraft became engulfed in flames while on the interstate. Police reported three people were killed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is responding to the crash scene.

At 8:35 a.m. Wind SW 5, Visibility 10.00, Weather Overcast, Sky Conditions, BKN060 OVC075, Air Temperature 41, Dew Point 33, Humidity 72%, Wind Chill 38, Altimeter 29.67.

At 8:55 a.m. Wind SW 7, Visibility 10.00, Weather, Overcast, Sky Conditions SCT060 BKN075 OVC085, Air Temperature 43, Dew Point 32, Humidity 67%, Wind Chill 39, Altimeter 29.67.

Lincoln is located about 129 miles northeast of St. Louis, and 34 miles north-northeast of Springfield. Lincoln is also about 170 miles southwest of Chicago.

Private plane crash on SB I-55, map of crash scene
Private plane crash on SB I-55, map of crash scene.

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