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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting in court that he was driving impaired when he caused a 2012 wreck that killed a highway construction worker.
 
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 36-year-old Michael Jeter of West Frankfort pleaded guilty Monday in St. Clair County to four counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
 
Authorities have said Jeter was on the sleep aid Ambien and an antihistamine at the time of the May 2012 wreck on Interstate 64.
 
Authorities say the crash killed 38-year-old contract worker Dennis Beard of Pocahontas and injured three others who were waiting in the median to paint stripes on the freeway.
 
Jeter's sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 4.
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A massive pile up on Interstate 70 in downtown St. Louis today involved more than a dozen cars, but miraculously, no one was seriously hurt.

Shortly after 5 AM there were two separate accidents in the depressed section of the highway. The accidents involved several cars and a semi truck. Emergency crews were forced to shut down a section of the interstate to clear the wreckage. Police have not released an official cause of the crash.

But the roads were wet and there was fog in the area so those conditions could have played a role.

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Mizzou fans may want to avoid Interstate 70 if they are heading down to Columbia for the game this weekend; MoDOT will be closing sections of the highway in St. Peters.

Crews will close two left lanes of westbound 70 between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Route 79 starting at 9 PM Friday. One lane will open Sunday at noon, but the far left westbound lane will remain closed through Friday, October 4.

This work is part of a project constructing a diverging diamond interchange.

The project also includes the construction of an additional westbound I-70 lane between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Route 79.

Visit the project website: www.modot.org/stlouis/I-70andMidRiversMallDriveDivergingDiamondInterchange.htm

Plan ahead -- for ways to avoid work zones, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT or visit our website at www.modot.org/

 

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A man was found dead inside a Best Buy "Geek Squad" car today.

Police found the car along the side of eastbound Interstate 64 in Chesterfield around 9:30 this morning. KMOV reports there were no clues as to his cause of death. The victim has not been identified.

 

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