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Two SIU automotive students die in collision

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The Saluki family suffered two losses Monday morning in an automotive accident.

Wolfgang Gustaveson, 19, of Park Ridge, Illinois, and Frank Martinez, 18, of Des Plaines, Illinois, were both SIU students majoring in automotive technology.

Carbondale Police Department responded to the 1500 block of North Illinois Avenue for the traffic crash on Dec. 4 at 7:45 a.m.

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Upon arriving at the scene officers found two trucks that were in a head-on collision. The occupant of the southbound vehicle was transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, while the two SIU students were found dead in the northbound vehicle as a result of the collision.

“We extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends,” Chancellor Austin Lane said in an email sent to the student body soon after the accident.

With the excruciating number of losses in the Saluki family this year, it is highly encouraged for students to utilize the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) that Southern Illinois offers.

CAPS can be reached by calling (618) 453-5371 or online at its website.

All classes in automotive technology were canceled Monday as the student body mourns the deaths of these two students.

Reporter Joei Younker can be reached at [email protected].

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