ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An Illinois state senator says something has to change in a Metro East construction zone that’s been the site of at least two deadly crashes in two months.

Four people were killed before Thanksgiving on northbound Interstate 55 in the construction zone south of Hamel. Ten vehicles were involved in another crash in that zone just last week.

State Sen. Andy Manar says something has to change, and he’s asking the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police to figure out what to do.

He sent a letter to IDOT’s director Wednesday.

“For example, maybe having a dedicated state police car at certain hours of the day, when there’s high frequency of accidents, with their lights on, on the shoulder might be an improvement,” Manar says. “Perhaps putting warning further, down I-55, toward the St. Louis area.”

IDOT says that section of I-55 will be under construction through September.

“I don’t want these things to continue,” Manar says. “People that I represent, they travel this stretch of highway every day to commute.”

He adds that he has received hundreds of phone calls from communities in northern and eastern Madison County, and Montgomery and McCuppin counties, over the last few weeks because of the deadly accidents.

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