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8-year-old is the third person to die following an I-55 crash near Funks Grove

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The southbound lanes of Interstate 55 near Shirley were closed for much for Friday afternoon and evening following a five-vehicle crash in which three people have died.

The Peoria County coroner said an 8-year-old girl who was involved in a major crash on Interstate 55 on Friday has died.

Coroner Jamie Harwood said in a news release that Mia Ross, 8, of Earlville in LaSalle County was ejected from the car she was riding in and was not responsive or breathing when emergency crews arrived at the scene following the crash. It happened in the southbound lanes of I-55 south of Shirley shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.

Harwood said the girl was flown to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria in critical condition. The girl was pronounced brain dead at 8:22 a.m. Tuesday.

Harwood said she died of multiple head and chest injuries. Harwood said it’s not known if the girl was restrained in the vehicle.

Authorities have reported three deaths in the crash. On Saturday, McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder identified Kimberly Grey, 65, of Earlville, as the victim who died at the scene. Grey was driving an SUV that was hit by a semi-truck and trailer, according to Yoder.

Police have not released the name of the person who died shortly after they were flown to the hospital.

Illinois State Police said previously two others were also hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Police have not released additional information on the crash.

Harwood said the collision remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

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