According to Sheriff Roger Mulch at approximately 5:49 A.M. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call reporting a vehicle on fire on IL Hwy 148 North of I-57, Upon arrival the vehicle was reported to have been overturned and fully engulfed in flames. Jefferson County Fire Protection District, Mt Vernon Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Officer as well as the Jefferson County Coroner responded.
The Driver of the Vehicle later identified as, Shawn W. Willard 30 years of age, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:23 this morning.
Initial reports indicate a deer located at the scene was possibly a contributing factor of the motor vehicle accident. The Accident is still under investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.