A fiery crash on eastbound I-64 in Washington Park, Ill., on Monday evening killed a husband and wife from Kansas.
St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dean Darnall pronounced Ervin Huslig, 67, and Mary Huslig, 62, of Lawrence, dead at the scene. The Husligs were driving an RV that was towing a minivan eastbound just east of the 26th Street exit when the RV lost control, struck a large sign post and burst into flames along the steep shoulder south of the roadway.
Darnall said witnesses reported seeing a tire blow but they weren’t sure whether it was from the RV or the van it was towing.
“It appeared one of the tires blew,” Coroner Rick Stone said. “They almost certainly died in the fire.”
The Husligs were on their way from Kansas to Paducah, Ky., Darnall said.
Both the RV and the minivan were destroyed in the fire. The RV’s appliances, which appeared to include a refrigerator and freezer, an air conditioning unit, a sink and other housewares, were ejected following impact and lay in an area of blackened, burned grass.
Washington Park firefighters were assisted in extinguishing the fire by crews from East St. Louis and State Park.
An Illinois State Police supervisor said the crash occurred at 5:39 p.m. but would not comment further. Washington Park fire officials could not be reached for comment.
Eastbound lanes of I-64 were closed for several hours following the crash.