Traffic Accident

A Springfield man died in a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon.

Christopher T. Ford, 34, of Springfield and formerly of Hoopeston, was traveling eastbound on State Road 9, near 2500 East Road, in Ford County.

According to Illinois State Police reports, Ford’s 1992 Ford pickup left the roadway and rolled over, ejecting him, about 4:21 p.m.

The vehicle was fully engulfed in the field to the south of Route 9.

Subsequently, Ford succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m. on the scene by the Ford County Coroner.

Route 9 was closed for approximately 45 minutes for fire crews to extinguish the fire.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Ford are pending at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston.

Ford’s family has established a GoFundMe account at to offset the cost of funeral and burial services.