Six people die in three-vehicle crash
A family of five and one other person were killed in crash Saturday night involving three vehicles on Illinois 177 near Radio Range Road in St. Clair County.
Two others were injured in the crash.
At 8:58 p.m. Saturday, Myron Schanuel, 45, of Smithton traveled west on Illinois 177 390 feet west of Radio Range Road when his 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe crossed the center traffic line into the eastbound lane and collided with a 2001 Chevrolet Venture minivan.
It carried Gary D. Ohren, 40; Lora Ohren, 39; Kody Ohren, 12; Emily Ohren, 7; all of Pocahontas, and Judy Ohren, 64, of Alhambra, according to Illinois State Police this afternoon.
A third vehicle, a 2003 Ford Escape driven by Marsha Holtz, 37, and carrying Joseph Holtz, 41, both of Mascoutah, traveled east behind the minivan and struck the right side of the Tahoe after the first collision.
Schanuel and the Ohren family, were transported to St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, Mo.; Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital in East St. Louis; and St. Louis University Hospital, but all were killed in the accident.
The Holtz's suffered injuries and were transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville. They have been treated and released.
No cause of the accident is known at this point. Safety belts were worn by all drivers and passengers.
My friend lives right on the corner of Radio Range and 177 where the accident happens and I drive on that road daily. I was following the a cop car when they turned their lights on and jetted out of town towards the accident. Today when I drove past where the accident was I almost teared up even though I didn't know any of the people.