EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a tractor-trailer driver failed to slow down in time and crashed into stopped traffic in an Illinois construction zone, killing three people from Missouri.

The four-vehicle crash happened July 20 along eastbound Interstate 70 near Effingham, about 195 miles southwest of Chicago.

Illinois State Police said the truck driven by 59-year-old Asllan Pino of the Detroit suburb of Chesterfield Township struck the back of an SUV driven by 59-year-old Virginia Abrams of Wildwood, Missouri.

Police said the crash killed Abrams and two of her passengers, 63-year-old Matthew Murphy and 61-year-old Marleen Murphy, also of Wildwood. Three others were hurt.

Police on July 21 announced preliminary charges against Pino of failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

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