Two women are dead following a collision that tied up traffic along Illinois Route 97 for hours Wednesday evening.
Illinois State Police have identified the victims as Florence Medberry, 71, of Petersburg and Carol Fritzsche, 63, of New Berlin.
State Police say Medberry’s vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic around 3:45 Wednesday afternoon, striking Fritzsche’s head-on. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.
Traffic along Route 97 west of Springfield was blocked from Koke Mill to North Bradfordton Road until 7:35 p.m. Wednesday.
The crash is still being investigated by State Police.