Ill. State Police: 5 killed in I-70 van crash

Associated Press

VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say five people were killed and six others injured when a van in which they were riding left a southern Illinois freeway and overturned several times.

State police spokesman Mark Zimmerman says the five died at the scene of the accident shortly before 10 a.m. Monday on Interstate 70 near Vandalia, about 70 miles east of St. Louis. Zimmerman says many of the victims were ejected from the van.

The six others in the 15-passenger van have been hospitalized. Details of their conditions have not been released.

Details of what caused the crash or to whom the van belonged are not immediately available.

The Associated Press has left messages with Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen. Calls to the county's sheriff's department were directed to state police.

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