Regional Radio News has learned that a Taylorville man died last weekend in McDonough County after his vehicle went off the road. ISP says 66-year-old Rodney Murphy of Taylorville, was driving on County Road 50 North when for unknown reasons, he drove his vehicle off the road before coming to a curve and hit a ditch embankment.
ISP and crash investigators say that the vehicle flipped over while on 50 East and landed on the driver’s side on 50 west. ISP says the cause of the accident was improper lane usage. Murphy was not wearing a seatbelt which investigators believe contributed to his death. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the McDonough County Coroner’s Office.
McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, McDonough County Coroner’s Office, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Life Guard Ambulance, and Tri-County Fire Department all responded to the accident. No further information is available at this time.