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Third person killed as a result of Coles County crash

A third person has been killed in connection with a car accident that occurred in Coles County.

According to a report from the state police, the accident occurred as a 26-year-0ld woman was driving east on Illinois 316 and she passed another vehicle traveling in the same direction.

She lost control of her vehicle as she passed the car and traveled into the westbound lanes. She then struck a semitrailer that was driven by a 20-year-old man. The truck then hit a van, which flipped and landed  into a ditch.

Seven of the people in the van were ejected from the vehicle. Three people in the van have died because of injuries sustained in the accident.  The woman was cited for improper lane usage, speeding, not have a valid license and driving an uninsured vehicle.

Our thoughts are with the friends of family of the victims in the accident.