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5 People on Way to Funeral Are Killed in Car Crash

They were en route from Memphis to Chicago
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2019 3:43 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Tragedy, compounded: Five people en route to a funeral were killed in a highway crash, reports the Southern Illinoisan. All five were residents of Memphis heading to Chicago when their SUV rear-ended a tractor-trailer Thursday afternoon on Interstate 57 in Illinois. Killed were 78-year-old Coraleen A. Luellen; 75-year-old Peggy Jackson Armstrong; 78-year-old Helen Elizabeth Armstrong; 76-year-old Harold Edward Armstrong; and 80-year-old Magnolia G. Armstrong, who was driving the SUV, per the AP. A 59-year-old woman from Memphis survived the crash, as did the driver of the tractor-trailer. It appears the semi was on the side of the interstate when struck, and police were still investigating. (Two US tourists died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.)

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