An Illinois State Police detective on the way to an officer-involved shooting came across another emergency early Sunday morning.
He was the first to spot a car on Interstate 64 that crashed into a light pole at a “state weigh station” near Scott Air Force Base around 7 am that nearly cutting the car in half, killing a passenger.
A 45-year-old Mount Vernon man was listed as the victim. Authorities have not released his name yet, and the 25-year-old driver was rushed to a St. Louis hospital in serious condition.
Police are still investigating the cause of the fatal crash.