Five Men Killed and Six Injured In Van Crash Heading Home From Religious EventVANDALIA (AP) - The Fayette County Coroner says the five people killed and six hospitalized after a van careened off Interstate 70 near Vandalia were men returning from a California religious event.
Bruce Bowen tells The Associated Press he's trying to contact relatives of the five men who died at the scene of the wreck Monday morning, but is not yet releasing their names. He says the driver is among the six people hospitalized.
Illinois State Police say nine in the 15-person van with Maryland license plates were ejected, leaving Bowen to question how many of the occupants were wearing seat belts.
Fayette County Sheriff's deputy Shawn Carter says the van apparently first traveled onto the grassy median, then swerved back across the eastbound lanes before overturning.
Fayette County Hospital spokeswoman Lyn Gartke says four survivors taken there were in fair condition later Monday. The medical statuses of the other two survivors taken to Greenville Hospital weren't clear.
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