Two found dead Saturday in Iroquois County

GOODWINE — Iroquois County authorities investigated the deaths of two men during the morning hours of Saturday, June 25.

According to a news release from the Iroquois County Sheriff’s Office, a man later identified as Jason L. Mercier, 27, of Crescent City, was discovered dead on railroad tracks north of Goodwine around 8:02 a.m. June 25. Mr. Mercier’s body was found lying in the tracks near a crossing on County Road 650 North, east of County Road 1800 East.

The discovery was made by officials in a southbound Union Pacific train. From the debris at the scene, it was determined that Mr. Mercier had been hit by a northbound train sometime prior to the accident’s discovery. Union Pacific officials placed the northbound train at the crossing around 7 a.m.

A local resident told police that Mr. Mercier had been at the resident’s home sometime after 5:30 a.m., asking for help because he had gotten his vehicle stuck. The resident was unable to help but told Mr. Mercier to try a  nearby neighbor’s house instead. It was unknown how Mr. Mercier came to be at the railroad crossing.

A sheriff’s deputy later found Mr. Mercier’s vehicle entangled in brush and downed trees located on property north of County Road 650 North, near County Road 1900 East. At the vehicle, the deputy found a man deceased. The man was later identified as Spencer Mead, 23, of Milford. Evidence found at the scene indicated that Mr. Mead was trying to exit the vehicle and became entangled between the vehicle and some fallen trees, and Mr. Mead was unable to free himself from his position.

The investigation continues the sheriff’s office and Iroquois County Coroner’s Office.

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