Fiery crash kills Kansas couple in southwestern Illinois

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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a couple from Kansas died in a fiery crash along Interstate 64 in southwestern Illinois.

Ervin Huslig, 67, and Mary Huslig, 63, of Lawrence, Kansas, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident Monday evening in Washington Park.

St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dean Darnall says the couple was driving an RV, with a minivan in tow, when they lost control of the vehicle, causing it to strike a large sign post and burst into flames. He says the Husligs were on their way from Kansas to Kentucky.

“It’s horrible, but at the same time they’re together. Neither of them wanted to be without the other one,” said the couple’s daughter.

Coroner Rick Stone says it appears one of the tires blew. He says the Husligs probably died in the fire.

Eastbound lanes on the highway were closed for several hours after the crash.


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