A pickup truck slipped on some water covering Illinois 161 in Mascoutah on Friday, sending the vehicle into a ditch and leading to the death of a New Baden man and his girlfriend.
Two other crashes in the metro-east were reported after the rain started Friday.
The Mascoutah Fire Department responded at just before 1 p.m. to a serious crash by Sportsman’s Lake on Illinois 161. According to emergency workers, one of the occupants who was trapped in the vehicle was dead. St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dennis Nichols was at the scene.
The driver who died at the scene was identified as Anthony Biondo, 71, of New Baden. The passenger who was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville was Roseanne Dennis, 53, also of New Baden.
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Nichols said both died of blunt force trauma due to the crash.
Rescue efforts at times were hampered by heavy downpours.
Another crash was reported in Sauget at Goose Lake Road and Mousette Lane just before 1 p.m.
According to Sauget Police Chief Patrick Delaney, a woman driving a 1993 Mercury Villager exited southbound Interstate 255 onto Moussette Lane, continued through the intersection with Goose Lake Road and collided with a Centreville Township pickup truck that was loaded with rock on the passenger side.
Delaney said new traffic lights at that intersection have not been activated yet, but the intersection is controlled by stop signs. He said the woman told officers she did not see the stop sign.
The driver of the township truck was not seriously injured but told police he would drive himself to a hospital for treatment. The woman was not hurt. Delaney said he didn’t know if she would be cited, because the police report had not been completed.
At about 12:45 p.m. an accident was reported on westbound Interstate 64 near-mile marker 9. The French Village Fire Department was responding to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle.
Information on that crash was not immediately available.