FORD COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA)–A 38-year-old man is dead after a fatal crash early Saturday morning.

The Illinois State Police responded to a crash around 7:28 a.m. off Interstate 57 South.

Ryan Rippe, a 38-year-old man from Crescent City, was driving his 2017 gray Ford Escape southbound.

Rippe was behind 33-year-old Brandon Cole, who was driving a 2017 red truck-tractor semi-trailer.

Police say Rippe failed to reduce speed and hit the rear end of Cole’s semi-truck. Rippe passed through the center median.

The driver of the Ford Escape was pronounced dead on the scene by the Ford County Coroner. Cole wasn’t hurt.