UPDATE: Deadly Crash Shuts Down I-39

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UPDATE: We are learning more details of what caused a fatal crash that stopped traffic on I-39 Monday during rush hour.

Illinois State Police say around 3 p.m. a semi-truck driver was going too fast and wasn't able to slow down in time.

It slammed into a car, pushing it into a ditch. A passenger, 74-year-old David Jones, died in the accident. The first car hit three more vehicles after that forcing them all over the southbound lanes. The truck driver, 55-year-old Jay Taylor has been cited for failing to reduce speed.

OGLE COUNTY (WIFR) -- A section of I-39 between Baxter Road and Route 72 is shut down as police investigate a deadly accident.

Police tell us one person is dead after an accident involving four cars and a semi. Illinois State Police are investigating. It’s not clear what the status of the other drivers are or what caused the accident.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

Photo via Dan Cornelius, @corndogx3