Names of victims of fatal motorcycle-truck accident released
Illinois State Police have identified the victims of a triple fatal crash. A dump truck and a motorcycle crashed near Carmi. 43-year old Michael Barton of Evansville and 35-year old D'ella Ratlen of Herrin, Illinois were on the cycle when the truck crossed the center line and struck it. Then the truck driven by 69-year old Robert Leffingwell of Carmi ran off the roadway and struck a tree. All three persons were dead before police arrived at the crash on Epworth Road, outside of Carmi. O'Daniel Trucking of Carmi owned the dump truck. Illinois State Police say they haven't completed their investigation into the crash Thursday afternoon.