WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. -- On Monday, Michelle Huslig-Lowrance said her parents were riding in their recreational vehicle, heading to Kentucky, when troopers with the Illinois State Highway Patrol say a tire blew.
"It's just so hard to believe because I just saw my parents on Sunday. It is possible to laugh and to cry at the same time," said Huslig-Lowrance about her mom and her dad.
Ervin Huslig, 67, lost control of the RV, causing it to hit a metal sign post and it burst into flames along Interstate 64 in southwestern Illinois near St. Louis.
Witnesses told investigators the flames were so intense that no one could save the couple in time. The Husligs both died instantly.
"My parents fell in love after graduating high school in Great Bend, Kansas many years ago. They both later retired from working at the University of Kansas, had four children and 10 grandchildren. They were full of life and loved life. I'm glad they were together during this tragedy," said Huslig-Lowrance.
"I just saw them a couple of days ago and this really is heartbreaking because they were awesome people, just really sweet people, " said Shandra Anderson a friend who remembers seeing the Husligs at Clinton State Park in Lawrence, where the couple often volunteered and lived out of their RV.
Meantime, family members are now preparing a joint funeral for Mary and Ervin Huslig, who were married for more than 40 years.