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Police not yet disclosing name of fatal crash victim

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com A van was involved in a fatal head on crash just east of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Illinois Highway 146 on Monday, June 30, 2008. The occupants of the van were treated for minor injuries.
Authorities still have not released the identity of a driver killed Monday in a four-vehicle crash on Illinois Highway 146, according to Trooper Bridget Rice of the Illinois State Police.

The fatal wreck occurred around 6:30 p.m., just east of Cape Girardeau, when a sport utility vehicle traveling eastbound on the road crossed the center lane of traffic, striking a tractor-trailer.

The impact caused the SUV to burst into flames, spinning into the left passing lane, and hitting a third vehicle. Three passengers of that vehicle were taken to Saint Francis Medical Center for treatment. A fourth car struck some debris left from the crash.

The crash is still being investigated, Rice said.

Rice would not disclose the gender of the deceased, pending notification of family members.

Video from the crash scene

FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com The front of a USF Holland semi was smashed after a car crossed the center line and collided with it on Illinois Highway 146 just east of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Monday, June 30, 2008.
FRED LYNCH ~ flynch@semissourian.com Firefighters extinguished flames on a sport utility vehicle that caught fire after hitting a semi head on just east of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge on Illinois Highway 146 on Monday, June 30, 2008.

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This isn't good. Was the deceased DOS (Dead on Scene) or taken to a Cape hospital?

-- Posted by """""""""""" on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 5:39 PM


-- Posted by grumpy on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 7:40 PM

Uh, it burst into flames instantly, it had a head on collision with a semi, emergency personel couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman. How many clues do you need? Of course they were dead on scene.

-- Posted by Dude on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 8:39 PM

For their sake i hope they died instantly and didn't have to suffer burning alive.

-- Posted by thegreatmosely on Tue, Jul 1, 2008, at 9:00 PM

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