Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 22, 2013

Crash victims identified

The five men killed in a van wreck west of Vandalia Monday have been identified.

Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said the men, all from Baltimore, were identified as Emerson Baldwin, 54; Andrew Canada, 53; Antonie Mitchell, 42; Mark William 52; and Thomas Coleman, 29.

Bowen said all five had been pronounced dead at 10:11 a.m. Monday at the scene of the wreck on Interstate 70 about three miles west of Vandalia. The five dead men were among 11 men returning home from a religious gathering in California.

Six other men were injured in the wreck and taken to various area hospitals for treatment.

Authorities have said the van had been traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 when it swerved onto the grassy median before veering through both lanes of traffic, leaving the roadway on the other side and overturning.

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