Oregon, IL Two Car Collision Kills 8, Aug 1995
8 KILLED, 6 SAVED IN TWO-CAR COLLISION.
Oregon - A car went out of control as it tried to pass a crowded van on a highway, causing a fiery crash that killed the car's driver and seven people in the van. Bystanders rescued six other passengers.
Ogle County sheriff's police said both vehicles burst into flame after the car driven by 58-year-old RONALD SCANLAN veered into the path of the van Sunday night as SCANLAN attempted to pass.
SCANLAN; the van's driver, GONZALO ALVARADO; and six people in ALVARADO'S van including three children were killed.
MARTHA MELARA, 35.
SARA MELARA, 13, her daughter.
DORIS CASTENADA, 32.
DAVID CASTENADA, 7, and JUAN CARLOS CASTENADA, 5, her sons.
MARIA SAGE TURCIO, 24.
All were from Rochelle.
A man and his son who arrived shortly after the accident were able to pull six survivors from the van, which was destroyed, Sheriff Mel Messer said Monday.
"If it had not been for him and his son, we would have had six more victims," Messer said.
"We can't say whether there was alcohol involved or not because the bodies were too badly burned," the sheriff said.
The injured were:
ELIO MELARA, treated and released.
MARTHA MELARA, 11, treated and released.
VIRGINIA ALVARADO, 38, serious.
VIRGINIA ALVARADO, 6, her daughter, serious.
JOSH ALVARADO, 8.
ANGELA MELARA, 8.
The two rescuers:
JAMES ROG and PHILIP ROG, were slightly injured in the rescue.
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