Illinois State Police officials say a 41-year-old woman and her two daughters are dead after a crash on Interstate 70 that happened after the woman stopped her vehicle because of deer on the roadway.

State police say the accident late Thursday in Bond County killed Suzette Lee of Mulberry Grove as well as her two daughters, 8-year-old Lillian Lee and 6-year-old Vivian Lee.

Authorities say Lee was driving east on I-70 when she slowed and eventually stopped her Toyota Camry because deer were crossing the road. That's when her vehicle was rammed from behind by a tractor-trailer.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that all three victims were pronounced dead at Greenville Hospital. The truck's driver suffered minor injuries.

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