Benton Man Killed in Rend Lake Dam Crash Friday

BENTON – A Benton man was killed in a crash involving a Jeep and a motorcycle Friday night in Franklin County.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff’s office got a 911 call reporting the crash on the Rend Lake Dam around 8:15 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers responded.

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that the Jeep was traveling eastbound on the dam. The motorcycle, also eastbound, did not see that the Jeep had slowed. As a result, the motorcycle struck the rear of the Jeep and the operator of the motorcycle, 44-year-old Chad J. Robertson of Benton, was ejected. Robertson succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Responding agencies included the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Abbott EMS, Sesser Fire Department, and the Franklin County Coroner’s Office.

The ongoing investigation is being handled by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

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