Traffic backed up on I-57 near Mt. Vernon following fatal motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon. Photo by Glenn Littrell.
One Person Killed, Another Critically Injured In I-57 Motorcycle Crash North Of Mt. VernonA 43-year-old O'Fallon, Illinois man was killed Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle hit a rough spot on Interstate 57 just north of Mt. Vernon. He's been identified as 43-year-old Michael Jordan.
A female passenger, 50-year-old Pamela Schulter also from O'Fallon, was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where she in critical but stable condition.
State Police say Jordan was north bound exiting the construction zone when his motorcycle struck a series of potholes in the roadway causing him to lose control. Both the driver and his passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. Jordan struck a guardrail on the right shoulder. The motorcycle also came to a stop on the right shoulder.
State Police report the crash investigation and cleanup had the north bound lanes of the Interstate closed for approximately one hour. One northbound lane was closed for an additional three hours. The crash occurred at 2:03 Saturday afternoon. Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks pronounced Jordan dead at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon at 2:45 Saturday afternoon. Schulter was initially taken to Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon and then transferred by medical helicopter to St. Louis.
Agencies involved in handling the crash were Illinois State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Mt. Vernon Police Department, Jefferson County Rural Fire, Litton Ambulance and McDermott's Towing.
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