Metro-East News

Kansas couple dies in fiery crash on I-64

A fiery crash on eastbound Interstate 64 in Washington Park on Monday evening killed a husband and wife from Kansas.

St. Clair County Deputy Coroner Dean Darnall pronounced Ervin Huslig, 68, and Mary Huslig, 63, of Lawrence, Ks., 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.

Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye, Jr., said Tuesday that Ervin Huslig was trapped inside the burning RV and that witnesses saw Mary Huslig on fire outside the vehicle. Bystanders could not attempt rescues because the flames were too intense, Dye said.

The Husligs were on their way from Kansas to Paducah, Ky.

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.

Eastbound lanes of I-64 were closed from when the crash occurred at 5:39 p.m. until shortly before 11 p.m.