Grundy County Coroner John Callahan along with Illinois State Police is investigating a traffic crash on Route 113 east of Higgins Road.

Coroner Callahan states a vehicle driven by 44-year-old  James L. Pheal from Aurora Illinois was east bound on Rt. 113 when he was passing a vehicle also traveling eastbound.  In doing so, he struck an oncoming Com Ed utility truck that was westbound.  After the collision the offending vehicle rolled several times coming to a rest in the south ditch of Rt. 113.

Pheal was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by ISP and the Coroner’s Office.