Driver murky about deadly Vandalia van wreck - KMOV.com

Driver murky about deadly Vandalia van wreck

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By John Bailey By John Bailey
By John Bailey By John Bailey
By John Bailey By John Bailey

ST. LOUIS -- The driver of a van that overturned along an Interstate 70 in Vandalia, killing five passengers, has told investigators he recalls little of the moments leading to the wreck.

The Associated Press obtained an Illinois State Police report on the crash through a Freedom of Information Act request. According to the report, Malcolm Purnell said he’s unsure if he fell asleep just before the May 20 crash during a coast-to-coast drive.

He said he doesn’t remember much beyond that the vehicle’s occupants were laughing moments earlier.

Purnell was among six occupants injured in the crash near Vandalia. They were returning east from a California ministry gathering.

Purnell was cited for improper lane usage and driving with a suspended license.

Messages left with his Philadelphia attorney weren’t returned.

 

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