Girard man dead after crash in Scott County Sunday morning

By Blake Schnitker on March 5 at 6:50am

A single-vehicle crash in Scott County yesterday resulted in the death of one Macoupin County man.

According to reports from Illinois State Police District 20, 73-year old Howard Smith, of Girard, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 72 near milepost 49 or Hickory Lane when the crash occurred.

Reports say that Smith was driving a 2017 Chrysler Van shortly after 7:30 a.m. yesterday near milepost 49 in Scott County. Smith’s vehicle then reportedly ran off the right side of the roadway, traveled up an embankment, and collided with a bridge support known as Hickory Lane.

According to reports there were no passengers in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Responding agencies included Winchester EMS and the Scott County Fire Department.

Smith was transported by Winchester EMS to Passavant Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead.