A 59-year-old former Pana man was killed in a three vehicle crash at 1:10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, near Lake Taylorville.
Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert-Winans identified the victim as Michael S. Coleman of Taylorville. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:21 a.m.
Calvert-Winans said preliminary autopsy results show Coleman died of multiple blunt force injuries, sustained from a motor vehicle collision. Toxicology results are pending.
According to the Illinois State Police, Coleman was driving a Chevrolet pick-up truck and was northbound on Illinois Route 29, just north of Kennedy Road. For unknown reasons, his vehicle crossed the double yellow center line into the southbound lane. A Ford pick-up truck, driven by Dylan W. Flowers, 20, of Mason, was southbound and the Coleman vehicle hit it head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. A passenger bus, which was also southbound, driven by Christine M. Smith, 55, of Owaneco, then struck the Coleman truck. There were no passengers aboard the bus and Smith was not injured. Driver of the other pick-up truck, Flowers, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. His injuries were described as non-life threatening.
Also assisting at the scene were the Taylorville Fire and Police departments and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.