82-year-old Indiana man killed in Mt. Vernon crash

MOUNT VERNON, IL (KFVS) - A violent crash in southern Illinois ends in tragedy.

According to the Jefferson County, Ill. coroner, it happened just before 5 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 64, south of Mount Vernon.

82-year-old Charles Townsend of Evansville, Indiana was heading west on Interstate 64, attempting to get on Interstate 57.

He went through a guardrail, recently taken out by a semi truck that hadn't been replaced.

According the Jefferson County coroner, Townsend's car then took a 50-foot-drop, nose diving into the ground, then bounced hitting the southbound I-57 bridge.

The car slid down a concrete slope where it then came to rest.

Townsend was pronounced dead at the scene

An investigation into the crash continues.