A 51-year-old Marissa man died as a result of a two-vehicle accident involving a garbage truck Monday afternoon.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of County Highway 6 and County Highway 13 south of Okawville. Reports indicate that Randall Koeller was driving a Chevrolet Avalanche westbound on County Highway 6 at approximately 4 p.m. when he failed to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle was then struck by a garbage truck belonging to Waste Management of Belleville, which had been traveling south on County Highway 13.
The Avalanche then rolled and came to rest upside down in the ditch on the southeast corner of the intersection. The garbage truck was stopped approximately 60 feet from the intersection. The truck driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to Washington County Hospital for treatment.
According to the Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger, Koeller was pronounced dead on the scene. He was reportedly unrestrained at the time of the accident.
Styninger said the cause of death was massive blunt force trauma. It appeared to be accidental.
An accident reconstruction team from the Illinois State Police responded to the team, and County Highway 13 was closed for about four hours for the investigation.
Other responding agencies included Okawville Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance Service, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Okawville Police Department, ARCH Air Medical Service in Sparta and Air Evac in Mt. Vernon.
The matter continues to be investigated by the Illinois State Police and the Washington County Coroner. Styninger said no further information would be provided at this time.