Police: Girl, 14, killed in crash on Tri-State Tollway

(LINCOLNSHIRE) A 14-year-old girl was killed and seven other people were injured in a crash Sunday night on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94) near north suburban Lincolnshire, police said.

About 10:15 p.m., a white 2002 Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound on I-94 near the Half Day Road exit when the SUV blew a tire, lost control and struck the right guardrail, according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jim Knipper.

Three of the SUV’s eight occupants, including the 14-year-old, were ejected from the vehicle, Knipper said.

The girl was then struck by a semi truck and was pronounced dead at the scene, Knipper said.

The seven other people were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Knipper said. The driver of the semi was not injured.

All eastbound lanes were closed to traffic in the area for more than three hours while state police investigated, but were reopened about 2:15 a.m. Monday. No citations have been issued in connection with the crash, Knipper said.