One person dies, three injured in Swansea crash, police say

Update 5/3/24: This article has been updated regarding the number of persons injured.

One person died and three others were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Illinois 159 Thursday evening, Swansea police said.

One man was airlifted to St. Louis University Hospital and two others were taken to metro-east hospitals, Swansea Police Chief Matthew Blomberg said.

The names of the victims were not released.

The “serious traffic crash” occurred in the 2400 block of Illinois 159 and the roadway was closed due to a crash reconstruction investigation, the police department said in Facebook post. Police advised motorists to avoid the area.

The roadway was reopened by 8:20 p.m. police said.

“The crash is still under investigation and no further details will be released at this time,” an updated Facebook post said Thursday night.

Along with Swansea police officers, the Swansea Fire Department, Illinois State Police and the Belleville Police Department also responded. Illinois State Police is handling the crash reconstruction investigation.