Girard Man Killed In Early I-55 Crash

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A Girard man is dead after an accident involving a semi on Interstate 55 two miles north of the Raymond exit at 5:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4

John B. Barnes, 56, of Girard, was pronounced dead at the scene by Montgomery County Coroner Randy Leetham.

According to Illinois State Police, Barnes was driving a 2015 Chevy box truck that had been stopped on the shoulder of the southbound lanes.  As the driver attempted to pull back onto the interstate, his vehicle was rear-ended by a semi driven by Michael C. Hegger, 36, of Florissant, MO, who refused medical attention.

The Raymond-Harvel Fire Department responded with 12 volunteers, and was on the scene for more than an hour and a half. The Illinois State Police traffic crash reconstruction unit is continuing the investigation.

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