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Three dead, five severely injured in Aurora crash

Greg Zanis Sugar Grove places crosses Monday morning scene fatal accident Aurora. The crash late Sunday evening Broadway Avenue Hazel

Greg Zanis of Sugar Grove places crosses Monday morning at the scene of a fatal accident in Aurora. The crash late Sunday evening at Broadway Avenue and Hazel Avenue killed three people. | Erika Wurst~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 14, 2013 10:25PM

An Aurora man and two Montgomery women died late Sunday evening and five people were severely injured in a head-on crash in Aurora.

Aurora Police have not released the identification of the victims pending the notification of family members.

Police were called to the crash scene at Broadway Avenue, just south of Hazel Avenue, about 11:49 p.m..

Police said seven members of a Montgomery family, ages 9 to 77, were a minivan heading southbound on Broadway when their van collided head-on with a Dodge Charger driven by a 28-year-old Aurora man. That man and two passengers in the minivan died as a result of the crash. Two were pronounced dead on the scene. The third died at an area hospital.

All others involved in the crash sustained severe injuries, and police have been unable to obtain any statements about the possible cause of the wreck. They are being treated at suburban hospitals, police said.

Police said the investigation into the wreck continues.

Sugar Grove resident Greg Zanis, who has placed white crosses at the sites of tragedies across the country, was called Monday morning about the crash. He said he woke up to a message asking him to place crosses at the scene.

He packed the handmade crosses into his truck and headed to Broadway Avenue to fulfill the request.

Near the bend in the road, where the cars collided, Zanis placed the three crosses. He stapled silk flowers to each one, and although he did not yet have names to attribute the crosses to, he stopped to pray.

Aurora Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has information about it to call traffic investigators at (630) 256-5330.

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