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Published On: Sat, Aug 26th, 2017

Texas couple killed in crash on Interstate 55 near Litchfield after van sideswiped

LITCHFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) — Two people from Carrollton, Texas were killed in a crash early Saturday on Interstate 55 near Litchfield after their van was sideswiped by another vehicle.

Luis Paulet, 49, and passenger Liz Alejo Mora de Paulet, 31, were ejected and pronounced dead on the scene by Montgomery County coroner Randy Leetham.

Both vehicles were northbound around 2:20 am when a car driven by Caleb Countryman, 21, of Springfield, sideswiped Paulet’s vehicle, according to police.

The roadway was closed for about five and a half hours. The crash is still under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

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- Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed and general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks. He is an active contributor to the Nokomis Free Press-Progress in Nokomis, IL. He currently serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party, as deputy communications director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman and co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus. He has also been politically active since 2015, having run for city council, state representative, school board and is currently running for state senator for the 2018 election season.

Texas couple killed in crash on Interstate 55 near Litchfield after van sideswiped