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W. Frankfort Man Killed in I-57 Crash


A Franklin County man is dead following a traffic crash on Interstate 57 before dawn Friday morning.

Illinois State Police say 70-year-old James Bean of West Frankfort was pronounced dead at the scene near the Benton exit.
Troopers say Bean's car and a tractor trailer were both headed north on I-57 before 5 a.m. when the semi collided with Bean's car, causing him to lose control and run off the roadway. Bean was ejected from the car after it overturned. The driver of the semi did not stop and fled the scene.

The Division of Criminal Investigations and the Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit will continue the investigation.

Anyone with information should call Zone 7 investigations at 618-250-7601.