Metro-East News

Semi strikes, kills man walking on highway in Southern Illinois

A 50-year-old Sesser man was walking in a three-lane highway when he was struck and killed by a semi-trailer Sunday night on the highway in Jefferson County near Mount Vernon.

Illinois State Police said David Gayton was walking in the center lane of the three-lane Interstate 57 at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday when he was struck by the semi, which was traveling northbound just north of Mount Vernon.

The speed limit in that area is 65 mph, ISP spokesman Josh Haile said.

The 2018 Volvo truck hauling a trailer was unable to slow before striking the man, Haile said. The driver, 41-year-old Christopher A. Stafford, of Shepherdsille, Kentucky, was not ticketed.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND