Three people killed in early morning car crash

Three people killed in early morning car crash

Hartsburg-Emden juniors Gage Bell and Gage Klein were remembered Monday by the students, faculty and staff at a gathering in Hartsburg.

Illinois State Police reported Bell, 17 and Klein,16, of Emden, were in a car traveling west on Route 136 just west of County Road 3700 East in Mason County when it collided with another car about 1:37 a.m. Sunday.

 According to ISP, Bell was driving  when the car crossed the center line and into the path of Blake A. Anderson, a 30-year-old from San Jose. All were killed in the accident.

Hartburg-Emden Superintendent Terry Wisniewski said the boys, who were best friends, came to the district less than three years ago and were typical high school boys.

“We have 18 students in the junior class so everyone is close. After learning about their deaths we wanted to provide a safe place for students to come and share their grief. Counselors from Tri-County as well as area pastors will be on hand this week in the event students want to talk about it,” said Wisniewski.

He said both students were interested in vocational courses at Hartem, a Logan County school with about 120 students.

“They were both into the trades and excelled in that department. They enjoyed the agriculture, wood building and animal science classes that are offered,” he continued.

Gage Klein student id photo.

Co-workers say they will miss Klein who was a dishwasher at the Hornet’s Nest in Heyworth.  

Ann Froman, of Lincoln, who manages the restaurant, said Klein started two weeks after the restaurant first opened in January 2021.

“Gage was pleasant to work with and most respectful to our customers and staff,” said Froman.

“Gage became like my son. We would set outside at work and talk about life and I would tell him about the things he should be doing or not doing,” she said.

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