EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Coroner's Office on Thursday identified the victim of Wednesday's fatal tractor-trailer truck crash on Interstate 270 in Glen Carbon.
The victim, Brian E. Westerfield, 47, of Freeburg, Ill., was identified through dental records after his body was recovered from the truck's burnt wreckage. Madison County Coroner’s Investigator Kelsey Wofford pronounced Westerfield dead at the scene at 10 a.m. Aug. 25.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday, but a precise cause of death is not being prescribed pending completion of carbon monoxide studies. Evidence of coronary artery disease was found, but it has not been determined that heart disease caused or contributed to the crash. Routine toxicology testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs will be performed at a later time.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Renner Funeral Home of Belleville.
According to an Illinois State Police District 11 press release, at 9:20 a.m. the driver was traveling west on I-270 at milepost 10. According to multiple witnesses, the driver abruptly veered off the road to the left, crossing the center median into the eastbound lanes. The truck continued traveling southwest off the road, striking a tree head-on and causing the truck to burst into flames.
The crash remains under investigation by Illinois State Police.