UPDATE (12:25 p.m.) — The McLean County Coroner had named the person who died Monday night when their vehicle went off Interstate 55 and into a pond in Boyd Wesley Park

Coroner Kathy Yoder said 60-year-old Rick J. Plourde of Bloomington was pronounced dead at 11:37 p.m. A preliminary autopsy showed he died from drowning. Per state law, samples were taken for toxicology tests and those are pending.

The vehicle was headed north on I-55 and left the roadway and landed in the pond, she said.

Yoder said the dive team from the Hudson Fire Department was on scene as well as crews from the McLean County Sheriff’s Office, the Towanda Fire Department, Illinois Department of Transportation and the Normal Fire Department.

The incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and Yoder’s office.


TOWANDA, Ill. (WMBD) — One person is dead following a Monday evening crash on Interstate 55 near the Towanda exit

According to the Illinois State Police, shortly before 9 p.m., troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on northbound I-55 near milepost 170. There, they found a vehicle which had left the road and wound up submerged in a pond

Firefighters from the Normal Fire Department responded and removed the vehicle from the water. The driver and the only person within the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

This story will be updated.