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Good Samaritan killed while assisting in fatal accident

Two separate pedestrian accidents claimed the lives of two men Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 57. According to police reports, the first accident occurred when a 58-year-old Tennessee man got out of his vehicle to retrieve a tire that flew off while he was driving.

Officials with the Illinois State Police stated that the man was struck by a car while trying to retrieve the tire on the northbound lanes of the highway. An 80-year-old good Samaritan then got out of his vehicle in order to help the man’s female passenger move the man from the roadway.

He then ran across the street in order to get more help and this is when a second car struck him. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, the 58-year-old man was pronounced dead and the 80-year-old man was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana in order to be treated.

He was pronounced dead due to injuries sustained when he arrived at the hospital. Interstate 57 was shut down for nearly three hours after the accident occurred. Citations have not been issued by police at this time while the investigation into the collision remains underway.