Motorcyclist killed in crash near Rend Lake Dam

by Aaron Price
by Aaron Price

6/7/2021 | 8:30 a.m.

FRANKLIN COUNTY - Additional details have been released following a fatal traffic accident on Friday evening involving a motorcycle near the Rend Lake Dam.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred on Rend Lake Dam Road around 8:15 p.m. Friday evening.

Officials say a Jeep was traveling eastbound on the dam when a motorcycle, driven by Chad J. Robertson, 44, of Benton, also eastbound, did not observe that the Jeep had slowed.

As a result, the motorcycle struck the rear of the Jeep and the operator of the motorcycle was ejected. Robertson later 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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