Benton man killed in single-vehicle accident

Franklin County authorities are continuing to investigate a fatal single-vehicle accident Tuesday evening south of Benton.

Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler identified the victim as 50-year-old Philip Adams, of Benton.  The accident occurred on South Hill City Road, one-fourth mile south of Forest Baptist Church Road.

According to Leffler, a passerby saw a vehicle in a corn field and stopped to investigate and found the body of Adams inside.  A 911 call was placed to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department at 6:01 p.m. and deputes, Illinois State Police and personnel from Abbott’s Ambulance responded to the accident scene.  Leffler was notified at 6:10 p.m. about the fatal accident.

Leffler said no foul play is suspected and said alcohol is “a suspected factor in the fatal accident.”

Leffler said an autopsy is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Franklin Hospital in Benton.


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