Metro-East News

Coroner IDs motorcyclist and passenger killed in semi accident

The Williamson County coroner has identified the driver of a motorcycle and his passenger who were killed Saturday night on Illinois 148.

Terry Gearhart, 47, and Tracy Gearhart, 45, both of Murphysboro, died in the crash when the motorcycle they were riding crossed the center line and struck a semi-tractor trailer head on, the Williamson County Coroner reported.

Coroner Michael Burke was not immediately able to say how the Gearharts were related.

The crash was at about 7 p.m. Saturday on Illinois 148, about a half mile south of Pigeon Creek Road.

The Illinois State Police reported over the weekend that there would not be charges against the tractor-trailer’s driver.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND