Man dies after two motorcycles collide

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL — A crash involving two motorcycles claimed a southern Illinois man’s life on Illinois Route 37, south of West Frankfort.

Franklin County, Illinois, Coroner Marty Leffler confirms 47-year-old Jason Andrew Call of Makanda was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash — which was reported to 911 at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday.

The two motorcycles were headed south, one in front of the other. When the front motorcyclist tried to turn, authorities say, the second motorcycle hit the first from behind. Both motorcyclists were ejected. They were not wearing helmets.

The man operating the front motorcycle was flown by helicopter to an Evansville, Indiana, hospital.

The coroner says Call suffered head trauma, and he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The condition of the other man is not known at this time.

Investigators say alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the crash.