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Illinois State Police continue fatal crash investigation in Saline County

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SALINE CO. -- Saline County authorities continue to investigate a crash that killed a young boy and injured three family members.

The crash happened just outside of Eldorado over the weekend.

Sarah Schell, of New Burnside, was driving on Route 45 with her husband William, and two children, in their SUV. The vehicle left the highway and crashed into a concrete culvert.

A 5-year-old boy was killed. The others were taken to nearby hospitals with serious injuries.

The superintendent of Vienna High School describes the five year old child killed in this accident as a kindergarten student at New Simpson Hill Grade School in Tunnel Hill.

Friends of Sarah Schell report via social media that she's suffering from multiple broken bones and her daughter has extensive spinal injuries.

Relatives confirm those descriptions and find the accident shocking.

"I almost hit the floor. I sure didn't believe it. How did this happen?" said Rondal Ford, a relative of the Schell family.

"I just wish them all the best, that's all I can say, and God will be with them," Ford added.

State police continue their investigation of the crash and have not yet said what caused it. Saline County residents who live near the accident site call the stretch of highway 45 just outside Eldorado dangerous.

"There has been multiple different accidents at that curve," said Braxton Roberts, who lives several hundred yards from the culvert where the Schell family crashed. This is not the first accident involving this culvert, Braxton said.

"One of the major problems, it seems, is that there is not a big enough shoulder so if your tire goes off it can actually pull you off," Roberts said.

Meantime, the Schell family has seen outpouring of support through social media, as many hope for a speedy recovery.

"I hope they get better and by Jesus Christ they will," Ford said.

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