Mother, two young children killed in Massac County crash

A 23-year-old woman and two young children were killed in a traffic crash in Massac County yesterday.

According to state police, Rachel Killian, of Marion, was driving north on route 45 when her vehicle dropped off the side of the road. Killian over-corrected, steering her vehicle into the opposing lane of traffic, and striking another car head-on driven by Karla Reichert of Karnak, IL.

A third vehicle then rear-ended Reichert’s car.

Killian and a one year old boy in her vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. A three-year-old girl in Killian’s vehicle died later at Western Baptist Hospital.

Two other children also in Killian’s vehicle survived the crash.

Reichert, the driver of the other vehicle involved in the head-on collision, was taken to an out of state hospital for treatment of severe injuries.