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Belleville man identified as New Athens truck crash victim

Fatal truck crash near New Athens

A crash Thursday on Illinois 13 near the Illinois 156 intersection left a pickup truck driver dead after a collision with a tractor-trailer.
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A crash Thursday on Illinois 13 near the Illinois 156 intersection left a pickup truck driver dead after a collision with a tractor-trailer.

The identity of the victim of a fatal crash in New Athens has been released by authorities.

Bruce T. Lyons, 69, of Belleville, was killed by blunt-force trauma, according to St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone.

According to police reports, Lyons was killed at about 2 p.m. Thursday when his truck struck a tractor-trailer head-on while traveling on Illinois 13 near Werner Road.

According to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr., several witnesses at the scene reported that Lyons’ pickup crossed the center line of the highway into the line of the oncoming tractor-trailer.

GUEST BOOK: Bruce Lyons

Illinois 13 was closed because of the accident for nearly six hours, finally reopening at just before 8 p.m.

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