Greenville celebrates Halloween despite Vandalia tragic accident

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Greenville Illinois celebrated Halloween Friday night for children's sake. But, behind their costumes many residents conceal an aching heart. The town east of St. Louis is still trying to comprehend a train accident Thursday that took the lives of four family members; Crystal, Anna, and three of her five children are dead.

The family had driven to nearby  Vandalia to enjoy that towns annual Halloween parade.  It was dark and raining when Anna pulled the SUV into an intersection by two sets of railroad tracks.

Vandalia police chief Jeff Ray saw the video from the lead locomotive. "She pulled in front of the train I don't know why" he said.  The dead include 10-year-old Abby Wisnasky,  her 13 year old brother Drake and their half sister Alyssa Sewell. Their mother Crystal Anna died Friday at St. Louis University Hospital.

The joy was hard to muster for grown-ups as they guided there youngsters through the town's trunk or treat event this Halloween. But, that's the spirit Greenville is known for.
Pastor David Bilyeu of first Baptist Church heads the Bond County ministerial alliance.The ministers are ready to help anyone who is hurting.

"Obviously it would be a loss on any community, but we're a close knit community here where people are very involved and aware of each other.  I think that's made it especially difficult, Pastor Bilyeu said.


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