Staunton Dairy Queen hosts fundraiser for sisters killed in I-55 wreck

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STAUNTON, Ill. – Despite temperatures in the 50s throughout the St. Louis region, you could certainly find a blizzard or two in Staunton, Illinois, as a community came together to help two families affected by a horrible automobile crash on Interstate 55 on Thanksgiving Eve.

A public memorial will be held for sisters Hailey and Madison Bertels at the Staunton High School gymnasium Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. But a local DQ Chill & Grill Restaurant held a ‘blizzard benefit’ for the Bertels and Carol families.

Hailey and Madison were killed in an eight-car wreck on I-55 near Hamel, Illinois on November 21. Their friend, Tori Carol, was critically injured in the accident.

Caregivers and well-wishers came from as far as O’Fallon, Missouri for Wednesday’s blizzard benefit.