Mother, three children die in Vandalia train crash

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VANDALIA, IL (KPLR)- A crash involving an SUV and a train has killed four people in Vandalia, Illinois. Just before 7:00pm Thursday, a Greenville, Illinois, family was inside of an SUV that drove onto the railroad tracks and into the path of an oncoming train.

Witnesses told FOX 2 the crossing guards were down at Sixth and Main streets, but they didn't block traffic from the road the SUV was traveling on last night.

Photo Courtesy The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Photo Courtesy The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Alyssa Sewell, 18, Drake Wisnasky, 13 and Abby Wisnasky, 10, were all pronounced dead at the scene Thursday evening. Their mother, the driver, Crystal Anna, 35, was rushed to a St. Louis area hospital by helicopter. She died on Friday as a result of her injuries.

A fourth sibling, Dylan Wisnasky, 9, was also injured in the crash. He is also being treated at a St. Louis hospital. He is expected to survive.

The family was on the way to a Halloween parade  down Gallatin Street in Vandalia that was about to start. The scene of the crash is just one block away. Witnesses said it was dark and there were a lot of cars in the area. They also said the mother may have been confused by the unique set up at the crossing.

In a statement Friday, Vandalia Mayor Ricky J. Gottman wrote, “First and foremost, the City of Vandalia extends its prayers and condolences to the family involved in the accident. We cannot begin to the fathom the pain and anguish they have during their time of mourning those they have lost and the strength they must also undertake as they stand beside those injured. We also pray for the witnesses, first responders, train engineer(s), and the citizens of the Cities of Greenville, IL and Vandalia, IL, that they may find peace as they begin to process the events of last evening.”


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