5 Memphians killed in horrific car accident in Illinois

Five people from Memphis were killed in a car accident in Illinois.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. — Five people from Memphis were killed in a car accident in Illinois.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon in Franklin County.

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Investigators said a Ford Expedition was traveling northbound on I-57 when it ran into the back of a semitruck. The wreck led to portions of the interstate being shut down for more than four hours.

Five people inside the SUV were killed. A sixth passenger survived.

All six were from Memphis, according to Illinois State Police.

Investigators identified the deceased victims as:

  • Magnolia G. Armstrong, 80 (driver)
  • Caroleen A. Luellen, 78
  • Peggy Jackson Armstrong, 75
  • Helen Elizabeth Armstrong, 78
  • Harold Edward Armstrong, 76

Andrea Lesure, 59, survived.

The preliminary investigation indicates the semi was on the right side of I-57 near mile marker 65 when it was rear-ended by the Expedition.