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3 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois
October 31, 2014 07:33 GMT

VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) -- Officials say three members of a family were killed when their SUV was struck by a freight train at a crossing in southern Illinois.

Fayette County coroner Bruce Bowen says a woman, a boy and a girl, all related, died in the Thursday evening collision in Vandalia, 70 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Bowen didn't provide names or ages of the victims.

Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray says two other people in the car were airlifted to a hospital, but has no information on their conditions.

Ray says the accident occurred just minutes before the start of the city's Halloween Parade, which went ahead as planned.

He had no information on the cause of the accident. He said he believes the bars and lights at the crossing were functioning properly.

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