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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. – A 45-year-old Jerseyville, Ill. man was killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon.

Coroner Stephen P. Nonn says Lester E. Ames was driving a 2007 Kawasaki R1 on the eastbound ramp of Interstate 270 to IL 203 in Granite City when he lost control and struck the guardrail.

Ames was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Nonn says routine toxicology testing will be performed. The accident remains under investigation by Illinois State Police.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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