MARION — A 57-year-old O'Fallon, Illinois, man is dead after a three-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 57 Tuesday morning that closed northbound lanes of the interstate at Illinois 148 for several hours.
According to a news release from Illinois State Police, at 10:14 a.m. Wayne S. Maxwell of O'Fallon was driving a GMC van northbound on I-57 and slowed to nearly a stop at milepost 47 because of a construction project about a mile ahead of him. A Kenworth semi-trailer driven by Jagpreet Singh of Lenexa, Kansas, was in front of Maxwell; Singh had also slowed because of the construction. A Freightliner semi-trailer driven by Willie Lee Shelby of Madison, Mississippi, struck the rear of Maxwell's van, shoving it into the back of Singh's Kenworth semi-trailer.
Maxwell died as a result of the crash; he was pronounced dead on the scene by Williamson County coroner Junior Burke.
All northbound traffic was diverted off of I-57 at exit 45, the exit for Illinois 148, until 2:45 p.m.
All three vehicles were towed from the scene because of damage.
Shelby was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. The news release said additional charges could be brought pending further investigation by ISP crash reconstruction officers.