Just moments before the Vandalia, Illinois Halloween Parade was scheduled to begin; tragedy struck a family of five when a freight train collided with their SUV. The coroner confirmed that three of the family members, a woman, a boy and a girl died at the scene of the accident.
The other two family members were airlifted to a nearby hospital for emergency medical assistance. At this time, no information regarding the names, ages or conditions of these individuals has been released.
The cause of the incident is uncertain. However, Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said he believes the lights and bars at the railroad crossing were working properly at the time the accident occurred.
By Donna W. Martin