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SHELBYVILLE — A 44-year-old Effingham man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Shelby County on Friday night, according to the Illinois State Police.

Police said the man was a passenger in a pickup truck involved in a two-vehicle crash on westbound Illinois 16, about a quarter mile west of Shelby County Road 1400 East.

Police said a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old Tower Hill woman and Chevorlet Silverado driven by a 28-year-old Effingham man were both traveling west at 5:08 p.m. The driver of the Silverado attempted to pass a slower vehicle, police said, when he saw an oncoming eastbound vehicle and slowed down back into the westbound lane. The driver of the F-150 could not stop before rear-ending the Silverado, police said.

The collision caused the Silverado to lose control and cross the westbound lane into the south ditch, rolling several times before coming to a rest, police said.

The driver of the Silverado was airlifted to an area hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, police said. The 44-year-old passenger was airlifted to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The driver of the F-150 and two juvenile passengers were not injured, police said. The driver of the F-150 was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Police did not release the names of those involved in the crash.

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Contact John Reidy at (217) 421-6973. Follow him on Twitter: @jsreidy2099


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