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Five family members among six killed in crash


Collinsville, Ill. – Five members of the same family died in a three-car crash late Saturday night. A sixth person in another car also died.

It happened near Belleville on Route 177; state police say an SUV crossed the center line and hit the minivan that the family was in.

Gary Ohren, 40, of Pocahontas and four family members died: Lora, 39; Cody, 12; Emily, 7; and Judy, 64. The driver of another vehicle, Myron Schanuel, 39, of Smithton, also died.

Police say Ohren was driving a minivan east on Route 177 when Schanuel's westbound SUV crossed into the lane and collided head-on. A third car that had been traveling behind Ohren's slammed into Schanuel's SUV, injuring two passengers. They were treated at a hospital and released.

Funeral arrangements for the Ohren family are being handled by the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the accident.