Fatal rollover crash on I-255


Columbia police, fire and EMS responded along with Illinois State Police about 10:15 p.m. Friday to a vehicle rollover crash on I-255 eastbound near the Jefferson Barracks Bridge.

The vehicle rolled multiple times and the driver was ejected. The Monroe County Coroner’s Office was requested and pronounced 25-year-old Matthew W. Nichols of East Carondelet deceased at the scene at 10:50 p.m.

“On scene investigation shows Nichols was traveling eastbound on I-255 when the 2002 Ford Escape left the roadway for unknown reasons, overturning numerous times in the median (and) ejecting the unrestrained driver,” Monroe County Coroner Bob Hill stated in a Saturday morning news release.

Nichols died as a result of blunt force trauma, Hill added, with toxicology results pending.

Funeral services for Nichols will take place Thursday at Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. For his full obituary, click here.


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