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Five dead in I-70 church van crash near Vandalia

5:13 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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VANDALIA, Ill. (KSDK) - Five people died in a church van rollover crash near Vandalia, Illinois.

It happened on eastbound I-70 near mile post 57 around 9:43 a.m.

Illinois State Police said the 2002 Dodge van went off the side of the road which caused several people to be ejected from the vehicle.

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Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen says there were 11 adult males inside the van at the time of the crash.  Five of those men were pronounced dead at the scene. Two of the injured men were taken to Greenville Regional Hospital. Four others were taken to Fayette County Hospital.

Eastbound I-70 remained closed until mid-afternoon while police investigated.

The van was returning from a church gathering in California to Pennsylvania. The men were from Baltimore, Md.

The names of the victims have not been released.  Bowen says the identities of the men may not be released until Tuesday.

KSDK

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