Man dies in a violent crash in Southern Illinois

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A violent crash in Southern Illinois ends in tragedy after an Indiana man drives off an interstate and plunges 50 feet onto another major road.

According to the Jefferson County Coroner, the crash happened just before 5 p.m. Friday on Interstate 64 south of Mt. Vernon.

The coroner tells Heartland News that 82-year-old Charles Townsend of Evansville, Indiana was traveling west on Interstate 64 and was attempting to get onto Interstate 57.

That's when things went terribly wrong.  Townsend drove through a guardrail, recently taken out by a semi-trailer truck that had not been replaced.

According to Coroner Eddie Jo Marks, Townsend's car then plunged 50 feet, nose diving into the ground.

The car then bounced and hit the southbound lanes of I-57 bridge.

Townsend's car then slide down a concrete slope where it then came to rest.

Coroner Marks pronounced Townsend dead at the scene and police are investigating the crash.

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