JOPLIN, Mo. (KMOX) – A third person has died from injuries suffered in Tuesday night’s chain-reaction crash on Interstate 55 near Hamel, Illinois.

Missouri Southern State University officials say sophomore student Vivian Vu of Joplin died Thursday afternoon.

Vu had been with a group of seven from Missouri Southern returning home from a Model United Nations conference in Chicago. The other six are said to be recovering, with moderate to severe injuries.

Illinois State Police say a semi truck at highway speed plowed into a string of seven cars, killing Vu and two sisters from Staunton, Illinois.

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