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Parents of girl rescued from truck identified as Bond County crash victims

The couple died in the crash but their 16-year-old daughter survived it.
The couple died in the crash but their 16-year-old daughter survived it.

A rural Keyesport couple died in a three-vehicle crash that their 16-year-old daughter survived, Bond County Coroner Anthony R. Brooks said Monday.

Micheal Lee Marshall, 36, and his wife, Shelly Marshall, 38, died in the crash Saturday night on Illinois 127 at Tamalco Avenue in Bond County.

GUESTBOOK: Michael and Shelly Marshall

Their daughter was pulled from their 1989 Ford pickup truck by passers-by who stopped to help. Brooks said the teenager is in stable condition in a St. Louis hospital.

Dale Kruep was traveling south on Illinois 127 and came upon the crash about a minute or two after it occurred.

We knew we had to get her out of the truck because of the fire.

Dale Kruep of Breese

He and his 23-year-old son, Tyler Kruep, were able to pull the Marshall’s daughter out through the broken back window of the burning truck.

“We knew we had to get her out of the truck because of the fire,” Dale Kruep said. The teen was conscious but dazed, he said.

He said the flames quickly engulfed the truck and “we didn’t have time” to get the teen’s parents. The fire was so intense that the Krueps had to move the teen away from the first spot they placed her.

Dale Kruep also was with his son, Zachary Kruep, and his cousin, Cole Kruep. They are all from Breese were driving home from the Indianapolis 500 time trials.

Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown was one of the passers-by who stopped to help. Brown, who estimates he arrived on the scene about five minutes after the crash occurred, praised the Kruep family.

“They did a great job,” Brown said of the rescuers.

They did a great job.

Bond County Jeff Brown said of the men who rescued a teen who survived a crash that killed her parents

Brown said the fire was so hot it prevented passers-by from being able to pull the teen’s parents from their truck.

“We tried to get the other ones out of course (but) it was too hot,” Brown said.

Brown said he was driving south on Illinois 127 on his way to meet friends in Keyesport when he and his girlfriend just came upon the crash scene. He described the crash as “one of the worst ones” he has seen in his 21 years as sheriff.

The cause of death for the Marshalls was not announced by Brooks. He said he is awaiting final autopsy results. Michael Marshall was driving the truck, Brooks said.

Two other victims of the crash are still hospitalized, Brooks said. They were in the second and third vehicles involved in the crash, Brooks said.

Brooks said Illinois State Police is investigating the cause of the crash.

A spokesman for Illinois State Police could not be reached for comment.

Arrangements are pending at the Gray Funeral Home in Wood River.