UPDATE: Names of accident victims released

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

The names of the five people who were killed in a one-vehicle accident on Monday on Interstate 70 have been released by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

The dead have been identified as 54-year-old Emerson Baldwin, 53-year-old Andrew Canada, 42-year-old Antonie Mitchell, 52-year-old Mark William and 29-year-old Thomas Coleman. All are from the Philadelphia, Pa., area.


The five individuals who sustained fatal injuries were among 11 people in a church van. They were pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

According to the Illinois State Police, the van, which was traveling back to Maryland from California, left the roadway for an unknown reason and rolled over several times before coming to rest.

The Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Fayette County Sheriff's Office and Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department were still on the scene late Monday morning. The Mulberry Grove Fire Department also responded, as did ambulance crews from Fayette and Bond counties, and Altamont; and Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

Two passengers in the van were taken to Greenville Regional Hospital and four were taken to Fayette County Hospital.

The reason for the crash is unknown, with two Illinois State Police accident reconstructionist officers called to investigate.

Traffic in the eastbound lanes were shut down for more than hour, with traffic in one lane opened up while the investigation continued. Traffic in the eastbound lanes was initially rerouted to U.S. Route 40, with those vehicles stopped in traffic east of the Mulberry Grove exit allowed to U-turn onto the westbound lanes at an emergency turnaround prior to one lane of traffic being opened eastbound.

More information about the accident will be released as it becomes available.