A 43-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon when just after 2 p.m. his motorcycle hit a rough spot on Interstate 57 just north of Mt. Vernon, his female passenger was airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital.
According to Illinois State Police, Michael Jordan, of O’Fallon, was north bound and had just exited a construction zone when his motorcycle struck a series of potholes, which caused him to lose control of his motorcycle. Both Jordan and his 50-year-old passenger, Pamela Schulter, also of O’Fallon, were thrown from the motorcycle. Jordan reportedly struck a guardrail on the right shoulder, the same side where the motorcycle came to rest.
At 2:45 p.m., Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks pronounced Jordan dead at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon. Schulter, who was initially taken to Crossroads Hospital in Mt. Vernon, was ultimately airlifted to St. Louis for treatment.
Northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for approximately an hour for cleanup and to allow state police to investigate the accident.