A 34-year-old Springfield man died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in rural Ford County. Christopher Ford was eastbound on Illinois 9 near County Road 2500 E. Illinois State Police report Ford was east of Paxton when the vehicle left the highway and ejected the driver. It happened about 4:20 pm.
The vehicle was fully engulfed in a nearby field on the south side of Illinois 9.
Mr. Ford was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ford County Coroner.
Illinois 9 was closed for about 45 minutes while the fire was put out.