Franklin Co. – Five people are dead as the result of a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on I-57 near West Frankfort. In a press release, Illinois State Police say that a 2019 Ford Expedition rear-ended a 2006 Freightliner 5-axle combination just before 2 p.m. in the right lane of northbound 57. None of the victims were immediately identified. Interstate 57 northbound from State Route 13 was closed for several hours, backing traffic up on multiple routes. We’ll have more updates as they become available.