Dupo fire and EMS personnel responded with assistance from the Cahokia, Prairie du Pont and Columbia fire departments shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday following a head-on collision on I-255 northbound on the ramp to Exit 10 in St. Clair County that resulted in a fatality.
Illinois State Police said a black Ford Escape driven by Lashay A. McNeil, 25, of East St. Louis, was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes from Exit 10. The northbound driver of a box truck, Darrell R. Purlee, 31, of Trenton, tried to swerve out of the way but was unable to avoid colliding head-on with the Ford.
McNeil was airlifted by medical helicopter to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Purlee was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with minor injuries.