A traffic accident in Hamilton County, Illinois, north of St. Louis, has taken five lives including four people from Collinsville.
Robert Schlechter, 18, of Collinsville had been a firefighter for less than two weeks when a fire broke out in the early morning hours of September 4.
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Mitchell, 35, has taken responsibility for a car crash on November 23, 2007 that killed Collinsville sisters Jessica Uhl, 18, and Kelli Uhl, 13.
Shimkus cruised to victory in 2012 with 69 percent of the vote and in 2010 with 71 percent. His only loss in a congressional election came in 1992 to Dick Durbin.
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Mitchell was responding to an incident when he lost control, crossed an I-64 median near Scott Air Force Base, and collided with the Uhls’ car. He was driving 126 miles per hour.
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Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane says the accident happened Tuesday as the six horses turned in to the final stretch of the race at the track near Collinsville, east of St. Louis.
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