FRANKLIN CO. – A 75-year-old Memphis, TN truck driver was killed Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on I-57 in Franklin County around 1 p.m.
According to Illinois State Police (ISP), a FedEX truck-tractor with a double bottom trailer was traveling in a construction zone on northbound I-57 at milepost 63 when the right side steer tire dropped into the shoulder “cut-out” – which was 200 feet in length and 12 inches deep.
The truck continued through the entire length of the “cut-out,” striking the end of it and then exiting the pavement, traveling down a ravine, overturning, and striking a tree.
The driver was pronounced deceased on scene by the Franklin County Coroner. The ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit is investigating. Updated information will be released after family members are notified.