Fatal truck crash near New Athens
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.
Illinois 13 was closed because of the accident for nearly six hours, finally reopening at just before 8 p.m.