Mikel J. Huelsmann, age 61 of Breese, was killed last Friday afternoon in a head-on traffic crash in Clinton County.
The accident occurred over the noon hour on new U.S. 50, about one and one-half miles west of Carlyle. Huelsmann’s mini-van collided with a semi, driven by a Clay County man.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the crash at 12:41 p.m., and the caller reported the Huelsmann vehicle was engulfed in flames.
Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss pronounced Huelsmann dead at the scene and reported the Breese man died from blunt force trauma.
The driver of the truck received non-life threatening injuries.
An Illinois State Police accident reconstructionist is assisting the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation of the crash.