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Cops: 5 dead in Downstate van crash

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Updated: May 20, 2013 1:16PM



Illinois State Police say five people were killed and six others injured when a van in which they were riding left a southern Illinois freeway and overturned several times.

State police spokesman Mark Zimmerman says the five died at the scene of the accident shortly before 10 a.m. Monday on Interstate 70 near Vandalia, about 70 miles east of St. Louis.

The other six occupants of the 15-passenger van were transported to hospitals. Their medical statuses were not immediately known.

It’s not yet clear what caused the accident.



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