5 from Tennessee killed in Illinois interstate crash

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Police say five people from Memphis, Tennessee, were killed in a crash on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

Illinois State Police said Friday that the driver of an SUV and its four passengers died Thursday afternoon in Franklin County. Police say the SUV crashed into the back of a Freightliner semitrailer. One SUV passenger and the truck driver survived. The crash happened near the West Frankfort exit of northbound Interstate 57.

Family friend Quincy Jones of Memphis tells The Southern Illinoisan that the group was traveling to Chicago to attend a funeral.

State police identified those killed as 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.

State police are investigating the crash.

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