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Mother, 3 children killed in accident involving train in Vandalia

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VANDALIA, Ill. ( – Police said three siblings died Thursday night and their mother died Friday when the van they were traveling in was struck by a train near the route of a Halloween parade Thursday night in Vandalia, Illinois.

According to authorities, the van was one block away from the parade route around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Sixth and Main Streets when it was hit by a train.

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Authorities say 10-year-old Abby Wisnasky, her 13-year-old brother, Drake Wisnasky, and 18-year-old stepsister, Alyssa Sewell, were killed in the crash. Their mother, 35-year-old Crystal Anna, was pronounced dead Friday afternoon.

A 9-year-old boy was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital following the accident.

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The van was not part of the parade. The parade was scheduled to start around 7:00 p.m.

Authorities do not know what led to the crash.

Click here to donate to a ‘GoFundMe’ account that was created for the family.

A vigil has been planned for Saturday night at the Greenville High School Football Field.

Click here to see the Vandalia police chief talk about the accident


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