Family suspects couple killed in accident swerved to avoid animal on Missouri road

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PERRYVILLE, Mo. — A couple with two children was about 25 minutes from home when for a reason we may never know, the husband lost control of the car, and the two died instantly on a Missouri highway.

Bret Chandler, 38 and Toree Chandler, 33, both of Chester, Ill., were in their 2002 Jeep Wrangler on Route T near Perryville, Mo., Saturday at about 9:10 p.m., when the Jeep failed to negotiate a right curve and left the road, according to Perry County authorities.

They believe Bret, who was driving, then over-corrected and the Jeep swerved to the left side of the roadway, then struck several trees before descending into the South Fork Saline Creek bed.

They leave behind two children: Damon is 7-years old and Fallon is 8-months old.

According to friends, Toree and Bret were high school sweethearts.

Toree’s brother, Bryan Nortin is among the many who are heartbroken and trying to make sense of what happened.

Chandler familyNortin posted on the fundraising website, “Go Fund Me” that “It is believed the couple swerved to avoid hitting an animal on the road.”

Both Toree and Bret were wearing their seatbelts.

Perryville, where the accident happened is about an hour and 20 minutes south of St. Louis.

Click here for the gofundme link.




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