Police: 5 killed, 6 injured in van wreck on I-70


by KMOV.com and Associated Press


Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 6:32 AM

Vandalia Crash

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VANDALIA, Ill.—Illinois State Police say five people were killed and six others injured when a van in which they were riding left Interstate 70 near Vandalia and rolled several times on Monday.

Authorities said 11 people were inside a white van traveling on eastbound I-70 around 10 a.m. when the vehicle left the side of the roadway at mile marker 57.

The vehicle rolled multiple times and several passengers were ejected.

State police spokesman Mark Zimmerman says the five died at the scene.

The other six occupants of the van were transported to hospitals. Their medical statuses were not immediately known.

It’s not yet clear what caused the accident.

Both lanes of eastbound I-70 were closed while crews cleared the scene.

Vandalia is located about 70 miles east of St. Louis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.