Update 10:45 p.m.
Illinois State Police officials reported that one person is dead in the crash on Interstate 57.
The crash happened at 3 p.m. south of Monticello Road and involved two vehicles – a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck. Officials said the passenger vehicle was driving northbound when, for unknown reasons, the car went off the roadway, crossed the median and entered oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes and hit the truck.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead on-scene.
The driver of the semi-truck was transported to an area hospital with injuries. Interstate 57 southbound was closed for several hours, with traffic being directed off the highway at Exit 229 (Monticello Road) and onto U.S. Route 45 during investigation and recovery efforts.
All lanes reopened before 11 p.m.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Update 4:22 p.m.
Illinois State Police reported that southbound traffic on Interstate 57 is being rerouted at Exit 229 onto Monticello Road. Traffic will then head south on US Route 45 and will be able to re-enter the interstate at Exit 220 near Pesotum.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Southbound Interstate 57 is currently shut down in Champaign County due to a crash.
The crash happened south of the Monticello Road exit. State troopers said the crash involved injuries but did not provide the severity of those injuries nor details about the crash.
The highway is expected to be shut down for several hours. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route to get to their destinations.
This is a developing story.