An exhausting weekend for the Madison County Coroner's office. In a 24 hour period, his office fielded 14 calls, with 9 requiring extensive death investigations. First, three people are dead after a single vehicle crash in Granite City. So far, there's no word on a cause of the crash but the vehicle veered off of the right side of the road in the 2200 block of St. Clair, entered a residential yard, slammed into a tree and overturned. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims are 28-year-old Johnny Million of Collinsville, 27-year-old Krystal Moss of Granite City and 30-year-old Rhonda Hall of Granite City. An autopsy will take place later today. Granite City Police are investigating the crash.
A Glen Carbon fire claims the life of an elderly resident. Preliminary results show 87-year-old Rose Hilla suffered smoke inhalation in an afternoon fire at the home at 69 South Main Street. Glen Carbon Police are investigating the blaze.
In Venice, a man tried to cross railroad tracks with his girlfriend with an oncoming freight train closing in at Market and State Street. While the woman was able to clear the tracks, 59-year-old Cornelius Bell of Venice wasn't so fortunate. He was struck by an oncoming Norfolk and Southern Train. He was pronounced dead shortly after 11 Friday night with multi-system trauma listed as the preliminary cause of death. Venice Police are investigating.
A Colorado man biking on the Schoolhouse Trail in Pontoon Beach was struck and killed Saturday morning. 64-year-old William Beltz was riding a bicycle with his wife and crossing Route 111 at Horseshoe Lake Road when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. There's no word on possible citations. The preliminary cause of death is blunt chest trauma.