Four of a family killed as Train Hits their SUV in Southern Illinois

Four of a family killed as Train Hits their SUV in Southern Illinois

Going to a Halloween parade in southern Illinois proved fatal for a mother and her three children as the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) they all were travelling in was hit by a freight train late Thursday.

The family was heading to take part in a southern Illinois Halloween parade when their SUV went about the safety gates and came across the path of the train.

The mother has been identified as 35 years old Crystal Anna, she succumbed to injuries at St. Louis University Hospital. Anna's children 13 years old Brake Wisnasky, 10 years old Anna Wisnasky and 18 years old Alyssa Sewell were pronounced dead at the scene itself.

Her fourth child 9 years old Dylan Wisnasky who was also in the SUV survived this crash and is under treatment at a St. Louis hospital. Latest update on his condition was unavailable.

This family resided in Greenwville, Illinois and was driving toward the Vandalia's Halloween parade that was a block far from the site of the accident.

Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen stated that when this incident occurred it was raining. The Main Street runs adjacent to the railroad tracks so the area was indeed a congested one but despite this, it is said that the structures are set up in a way that should have allowed Anna to see the incoming train.

Giving further details on it, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Shad Payne said that the investigation indicates that the crossing gates were down with lights flashing when Anna drove around it.

Bowen said, "The whole thing is just a terrible, terrible tragedy that's just unbelievable what this family is going to have to endure".

Authorities say a train camera recorded the accident and the train engineer tried to alert the SUV's driver, including sounding the bell and whistle.

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