MURPHYSBORO – A death investigation is being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office after an IDOT employee died following a reported traffic crash on Highway 127 and Ava Road in Murphysboro Wednesday morning.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were called to the scene around 10:50 a.m. After arriving, deputies found IDOT employee Edward Stallman unresponsive. A preliminary investigation suggested that Stallman was involved in a traffic crash.
A bystander happened upon the traffic crash and began CPR. Stallman was taken to St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s office said it should be noted that the traffic crash occurred in a construction zone, but it is not believed the construction zone is a contributing factor.
The Jackson County Ambulance Service, the Murphysboro Police Department and the Jackson County Coroner’s Office assisted with the case.