Man In Critical Condition After Motorcycle Accident In Peoria, Illinois

On Thursday morning at around 10:30 a.m., a motorcycle accident in Peoria, Illinois left one man with severe injuries.

A motorcyclist, John R. Butterfield, 39, of Peoria, was traveling west on War Memorial Drive.  At the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue, a truck, driven by  Bruce K. Williams, 51, struck him from behind.  The impact caused Butterfield to fly into the back of a pickup truck ahead of him – which was stopped for a red light – and then fall to the pavement, at which point he was run over by William’s truck.  It is said that Williams may have had a seizure at the time of the accident.

The motorcyclist was then trapped under the truck, which then caught on fire.  Bystanders put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and then helped Butterfield get from under the truck by lifting it.

As of Friday Butterfield was in critical condition at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.  Williams was also taken to the hospital.

Williams was cited by police with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Additional information can be seen in the story of  October 8 titled “Seizure may have led to three-vehicle crash on War Memorial” as well as the October 6 titled “Motorcycle accident on War Memorial” which has numerous photos from the accident scene.


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