Three motorcyclist were injured Saturday one mile north of Centralia in Marion County at 3:22 p.m. on U.S. 51 at Community Beach Road.

According to a preliminary investigation by Illinois State Police District 12, David L. Cluck, 47, of Centralia; Jeremy R. Hagen, 38, of Clay City; and James Riddle, 41, of Louisville, were northbound on U.S. Route 51 just north of Centralia in a group of 50 to 60 motorcycles.

One of the motorcyclists was attempting to pass others in the group and when he proceeded back into the group of motorcycles Cluck, Hagen and Riddle went down onto the pavement.

Cluck was flown to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, Hagen and Riddle were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

Hagen was cited for driving while his license was suspended and no valid driver’s license. The crash remains under investigation.

Charles Mills can be reached at or by phone at 217-347-7151 ext. 126.


Charles Mills is reporter and videographer for the Effingham Daily News. A 1983 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, he worked as senior video editor for a Nashville television station. He is a native of Vandalia.

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