One person is dead after being thrown from a car in an accident off Collinsville Road. A portion of the road was shut down between N 47th St and N 49th St. in both directions in Fairmont City Monday morning and reopened near noon.
The Illinois State Police report a GMC Denali and Buick LeSabre were speeding westbound down Collinsville Road,
Both cars lost control and spun off to the right.
It's unclear if the two cars were racing but the Illinois State police said they were speeding. The accident happened around 4:45 Monday morning.
Fox 2 News reports several parents arrived at the scene as police interviewed several young people.
No names have been released.
The city of St. Louis is closing several flood gates to keep the Mississippi River out of the city after heavy rain swept through the region on Thursday.
The St. Louis City Streets Department began closing and raising the gates Friday morning as the river is expected to crest on Wednesday at 39.5 feet.
Officials closed four gates Friday and erected the gates at Poplar Street and Carr Street along Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard.
City officials said crews would continue to shut gates throughout the weekend. They said the schedule could change depending on the latest forecasts and needs of businesses impacted by the rising river.