4 Dead, 5 Hospitalized in Southern Illinois Car Crash

Authorities in southern Illinois say four people are dead and five others are injured after a two-car crash.

Clinton County Sheriff Mike Kreke says the crash happened just after midnight Sunday near Keyesport.

Kreke says three of the dead were in a sport utility vehicle with four other people. The fourth deceased victim was one of two passengers in a car.

Bond County Coroner Tony Brooks says three of the victims, who were all 21, were pronounced dead on the scene. They were Justin Haar of Beckemeyer, Blake Thole of Aviston and Chaz Sargent of East Carondelet

Brooks says 21-year-old Derek Garrison of Germantown was pronounced dead later at a St. Louis-area hospital.

Authorities, who offered few details of the crash, say the five injured people were sent to hospitals in Illinois and Missouri.