(KSDK) - The Madison County Sheriff's Department responded to a fatal traffic accident just outside of St. Jacob, IL this morning.
The Sheriff's Department says they received a call for a serious accident in the 11000 block of Ellis Road at 6:43 a.m.
A westbound 1978 Lincoln Continental left the roadway on Ellis near Chestnut Rd. Both the driver and passenger died at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
Investigators had Ellis Road closed in both directions for several hours this morning.
The deceased have been identified as Ryan Junker, 27, of St. Jacob, IL and William Dittmar, 24, of Worden, IL.
Neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt. The car was registered to Junker, but it is unclear who driving at the time of the crash.