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One dead in crash involving garbage truck on Illinois 156

A Red Bud man died after his car hit a garbage truck on the highway and caused an accident that briefly shut down Illinois 156 Tuesday afternoon.

Around 2:48 p.m., the 37-year-old man was driving his Dodge Durango eastbound on the state route near Trout Camp Road when he lost control of the wheel, a news release from the Illinois State Police District 11 stated. Witnesses told police they saw his Durango swerve to the right off the roadway, then overcorrect to the left and strike a Mack Garbage Truck driven by a 38-year-old Waterloo man.

The Durango driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the release stated. His name had not been released Tuesday night. The driver of the garbage truck was taken to a St. Louis hospital and treated for his minor injuries.

Illinois State Police said they continued to investigate the crash Tuesday night.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.