LITCHFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Three people, including two children, are dead in an early-morning crash on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Illinois.

Illinois State Police say a car heading north on Interstate 55 was struck from behind by a cargo van around 5:20 a.m. Friday.

Three occupants of the car, including two children, were killed instantly. Three other occupants were airlifted to a St. Louis hospital.

No identities have been released and the northbound lanes of I-55 remain closed as crash investigators work the scene.

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