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The Illinois State Police released the following information following a fatal traffic crash on Illinois Route 4 near Finney Road in Macoupin County. A 1999 Ford Truck driven by 18 year old Colby Rheude from Virden, Illinois was traveling south on Illinois Route 4 near Finney Road in Macoupin County. A 2018 International Truck-Tractor Semi-Trailer driven by 51 year old Walter F. Smith from Peoria, Illinois was traveling north at the same location. For unknown reasons Rheude crossed the center line and struck Smith head-on. The truck driven by Rheude rolled over and caught fire in the west ditch. The truck driven by Smith came to rest in the east ditch. Colby Rheude was pronounced deceased on scene by the Macoupin County Coroner's Office. Walter F. Smith was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with life threatening injuries. The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours during the crash investigation. The crash remains under investigation and no further information is being released at this time.??

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