Fatal Accident Near Vandalia


A Pekin, IL, woman was killed in an accident on I-70 near Vandalia around 6:20 Friday morning.

State police report Jordan Nelson, age 30, of Altamont, was traveling westbound on I-70 at mile post 61 in a Peterbilt truck tractor. He told authorities he had been forced off the south side of the roadway into the median by another semi that was passing.

Nelson’s truck became stuck in the median with the cab of the truck partially blocking the left lane of the interstate.

Steven L. Kelly, age 56, of Pekin, was traveling behind the truck, passing a semi, when his passenger car struck the truck in the median. Kelly and his passenger, 54 year old Alesia Kelly, were flown by Arch Helicopter to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield where Alesia Kelly passed away.

Nelson was cited for alleged improper lane usage.

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