by Heartland News
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - One man is dead and two seriously injured in a multiple motorcycle wreck on Interstate 57 Saturday.
According to Illinois state police, it happened near mile marker 45.5 at 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Troopers say a group of motorcycles were riding together when three of those bikes made contact with each other, lost control and crashed in the northbound lanes.
Troopers say 48-year-old Dudley Van Zandt of Du Quoin was killed in the crash.
The two other bikers involved, 38-year-old Chance Townsend of Marion, and 42-year-old Gary Gould of Murphysboro both sustained major injuries. The men were taken Heartland Regional Hospital for treatment.
Investigators say they believe the lead riders began to slow down for a traffic stop and some of the riders farther back weren't paying attention.
"It caused a reaction in the back where they slowed down and I think some of them weren't paying attention or looking elsewhere," said Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Bruce Travelstead. "The next thing you know it started causing motorcycles to start colliding with each other and unfortunately two were hurt and one fatality."
Traffic was backed up for more than two hours.