A motorcyclist and his passenger are dead following a crash on Interstate 55 near Springfield Sunday afternoon.
State police say northbound traffic was slowing down because of a separate crash… and the biker had to swerve to avoid traffic that was stopping in front of him. He laid the motorcycle down on the left shoulder, and it came to rest against the median wires.
The 48-year-old motorcyclist from Normal was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger… a 35-year-old woman from Colfax… was found in the median and died later at the hospital.
Traffic was backed up for hours on I-55 as a result of those crashes.