An investigation by the Illinois State Police and a crash reconstruction unit, along with the Fayette County Coroner's Office is underway after the death of a motorist on a recent Thursday morning. The fatal car accident reportedly occurred not far from St. Elmo on Interstate 70. An accident report indicates that the traffic on the interstate was at a standstill at the time of the crash.
According to the report, a 40-year-old man from Altamont was stopped behind a semi-truck when another vehicle smashed into the rear of his car. The impact apparently jammed his car under the trailer of the big rig, entrapping the driver. Sadly, he was declared dead at the accident scene.