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Motorcycle driver killed in crash involving 2 tractor-trailers on I-57

A serious crash involving a semi and a motorcycle closed I-57 for several hours late night Tuesday into early Wednesday morning. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) A serious crash involving a semi and a motorcycle closed I-57 for several hours late night Tuesday into early Wednesday morning. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Traffic was directed to from Johnston City to West Frankfort for several hours. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Traffic was directed to from Johnston City to West Frankfort for several hours. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
The crash happened just north of the Johnston City exit in the northbound lanes, according to Trooper Wilson with the Illinois State Police Department. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) The crash happened just north of the Johnston City exit in the northbound lanes, according to Trooper Wilson with the Illinois State Police Department. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
A serious crash involving a semi and a motorcycle closed I-57 for several hours late night Tuesday into early Wednesday morning. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) A serious crash involving a semi and a motorcycle closed I-57 for several hours late night Tuesday into early Wednesday morning. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The driver of a motorcycle was killed in a crash that involved two tractor-trailers Tuesday night on Interstate 57 in Williamson County.

According to Illinois State Police, 41-year-old James H. Randolph of Christopher, Ill. was killed after he failed to yield while merging onto I-57 from Herrin Road.

Two tractor-trailers were going north, side by side, on I-57 and Randolph did not yield the right of way as he entered the interstate, according to ISP.

The driver of the first tractor-trailer, 47-year-old Richard T. Barnes of Malden, Mo. applied his brakes to avoid hitting Randolph.

Randolph then passed Barnes' truck and hit the second tractor-trailer, driven by James E. Hollis, 41, of Terre Haute, Ind.

Police say Randolph, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from his motorcycle and hit by Hollis' truck.

Hollis and Barnes were uninjured in the crash.

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