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Standoff, fire and shooting

Posted by wlpo on January 29, 2012

A nearly 10-hour standoff with a southern Illinois truck driver who rammed into a trucking facility has ended after the man shot himself in the head. The 51-year-old from Alton has been taken to a St. Louis hospital for treatment. His condition wasn’t immediately available  Saturday afternoon. Authorities say he rammed his truck into the Schneider National trucking facility in Edwardsville at about 2 a.m. Saturday. He’s a driver for Schneider. The crash ignited a fire that burned itself out. Police received a 911 call from the driver at the time of the crash saying he had no intention of being taken into custody alive. Police say he shot himself just before noon. Madison County state’s attorney Tom Gibbon says about 50 emergency responders were at the scene.


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