Illinois plane crash: Three people killed, Report

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Illinois plane crash: Three people killed, Report
Illinois plane crash: Three people killed, Report

Three people were killed when a small plane crashed along Interstate 55 in central Illinois Tuesday, sending plumes of smoke into the sky and shutting down part of the roadway.

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According to Illinois State Police, the airplane crashed around 8:49 a.m. on I-55 at milepost 126 in Lincoln.

“The plane became fully engulfed upon impact in the middle of the interstate,” police said in a release.

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Three people on the plane were killed in the crash, a police spokesperson confirmed. Their identities were not immediately released, pending next-of-kin notification.

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Southbound traffic was being diverted in the area and the roadway was expected to be closed for “an extended period of time.”

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