ST. LOUIS — Two people are dead after a crash on a Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis.

The accident happened at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday on the Illinois side of the Eads Bridge. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that the victims have been identified as 42-year-old Desmond Phipps of Centerville, Illinois, and 25-year-old Nicholas Flore of Ballwin, Missouri. St. Clair County, Illinois, Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. says both were drivers in the crash.

The accident forced the bridge to be closed for several hours. It reopened before morning rush hour.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,