MT. VERNON – Potholes were the likely cause of Saturday’s fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 57, which resulted in the death of 43-year-old Michael A. Jordan of O’Fallon.
Jordan was traveling northbound on I-57 at mile post 96 at 2:16 p.m. when his motorcycle struck a series of potholes in the roadway, according to an Illinois State Police news release.
This caused Jordan to lose control of the bike and he and his passenger, Pamela W. Schulter, 50, of O’Fallon, were thrown from the vehicle. Jordan struck a guardrail and was pronounced dead after being brought to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. His cause of death was “blunt force trauma,” said Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks.
Schulter was taken to Crossroads Community Hospital initially for treatment. She suffered a compound leg fracture and a concussion, Marks said. Both Jordan and Schulter were wearing helmets.
Due to the crash investigation and cleanup, both northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for about an hour Saturday. After that, the right northbound lane was closed for an additional three hours.
The state police will perform a crash reconstruction, said Trooper Christopher Watson.
“They typically take up to a month or two before everything is compiled and released,” Watson said of the reconstruction. “It’s a very thorough investigation.”
Watson said the state police have made it their mission to reduce traffic fatalities through education and enforcement.
“Any time you have a fatality, it is considered a bad accident,” Watson said. “One life lost is a tragedy.”
Agencies responding to the crash included the state police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Vernon Police Department, Jefferson County Rural Fire, Litton Ambulance, and McDermott’s Towing.