Man killed in motorcycle crash on US 51

Last updated Friday, August 4th, 2023

Man killed in motorcycle crash on US 51

A motorcycle crash on US 51 Wednesday, August 2, killed the biker. It happened at Wise Rd near Maroa around 7:15 AM and involved a semi-truck.

Reports say the northbound semi turned left at the intersection of Wise Rd and U.S. Route 51 and crashed into the southbound motorcycle. The rider was thrown from his bike by the impact of the crash. He sustained massive generalized head and body trauma and was pronounced dead on the scene when police arrived.

Macon County Coroner Michael Day has identified the motorcyclist as Edgar J. Bailey, 44, from Bloomington. Illinois State Police troopers report that the semi-driver was not injured and cited for failure to yield.

Police have not provided additional details yet, while their investigation remains active. More info should be available soon.

Our hearts go out to the Bailey family in their time of loss.

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A tragic motorcycle crash on US 51

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