1 dead, 6 injured when Utah van overturns in Illinois

The Associated Press

Published: July 15, 2013 05:27PM
Updated: July 18, 2013 03:49PM
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Colton Ericksen, a West Jordan resident who was a guitarist for the band Dark Seas, died July 15, 2013, when the bandís van overturned near Lyndon, Ill. Ericksen was 19.

Lyndon, Ill. • Authorities say a 19-year-old man was killed and six people injured when a van carrying the Utah band Dark Seas overturned on Interstate 88 in northwestern Illinois.

Whiteside County Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi tells Sauk Valley Media that guitarist Colton Ericksen, of West Jordan, was thrown from the van and died at the scene of Monday’s accident. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Wilhelmi says the crash occurred around 1 p.m., 3 miles east of Lyndon when the van’s driver apparently fell asleep. The van traveled about 1,000 feet before rolling and landing on its side.

Wilhelmi says the van’s other occupants were taken to a hospital in Sterling with unknown injuries.

The Salt Lake City’ band’s Facebook page says it was en route to a show in Chicago.