3 killed in crash on Route 3 in Union County

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UNION COUNTY, Ill. (KBSI) – Three people died and two were injured in a crash Thursday morning in Union County.

Marie A. Meunier, 32, of Cape Girardeau Mo. was driving a 2013 blue Fiat sedan.

Pavan Swarna, 23, of Carbondale, Ill. was driving a 2017 Toyota sedan.

The preliminary investigative details indicate Meunier’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Illinois Route 3, just north of Old Cape Road, in Union County. For an unknown reason, her vehicle crossed the center line and struck the front of Swarna’s car.

The drivers of both vehicles along with a passenger in Swarna’s car were pronounced dead on scene by the Union County Coroner. Vamshi K. Pechetty, 23, of Carbondale was a passenger in Swarna’s car. He died in the crash.

The other two passengers in Swarna’s car were transported by ambulance to a regional hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

This is an open and on-going investigation.

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