CUMBERLAND COUNTY — A Missouri woman was killed Friday evening in a crash involving two semitrucks that closed westbound Interstate 70 between Casey and Greenup for more than eight hours.

Illinois State Police said a semitruck driven by Filimon Ghebremehari, 34, of Seattle was traveling westbound in the right lane at slow speed because of a vehicle malfunction.

State Police said a semitruck driven by Melissa Coleman, 41, of Doniphan, Missouri, came up on the slower-moving vehicle and was unable to avoid the crash. The driver's side of the vehicle driven by Coleman struck the trailer being towed by Ghebremehari.

State Police said Coleman was ejected from the vehicle. She was airlifted to Carle Hospital in Urbana, where she died.

Ghebremehari was ticketed for violating the minimum speed limit.

The accident occurred at 6:24 p.m. near milepost 127 near Casey.

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