COLLINSVILLE - The Illinois State Police District 11 issued a report about a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 55 southbound at milepost 6 (St. Clair County) at 1:20 p.m Wednesday, July 11.

The driver, a 52-year-old male, of Tinchor, Ark., was operating a 2015 Suzuki motorcycle. Traffic was disrupted after the crash so the driver could be airlifted to St. Louis and the area cleaned up.

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"According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of the motorcycle was traveling on Interstate 55 southbound at milepost 6 when traffic came to an abrupt stop," Calvin Dye, a spokesperson for the ISP, said. "The driver of the motorcycle swerved causing him to strike the rear of a passenger car. The driver of the motorcycle was ejected and airlifted to Saint Louis University Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet. This crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police."

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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