Illinois State Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred Thursday at 7:32 AM on Illinois Route 4 at Ellis Road in Madison County.
According to the preliminary investigation the driver of a Ford truck was traveling south on Illinois Route 4 at Ellis Road, pulling a boat. The driver of a Honda was traveling south on Route 4 in front of the Ford. A third vehicle, a Plymouth, was traveling north on Route 4. A tanker-truck, driven by 48 year old Allan S. Gieseking, of Highland, was also traveling northbound on Route 4 behind the Plymouth.
Traffic slowed down, causing the driver of the Ford to strike the rear of the Honda, continuing into northbound traffic, striking the Plymouth head on. The Ford was then struck in the rear by the tanker-truck.
The driver of the Plymouth, a 57 year old male from Waddell, Arizona, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other three drivers were not injured. The other drivers included a 23 year old man from Chillicothe, IL, and a 46 year old man from Edwardsville.