Candlelight Vigil Set for Marissa Victims

            A candlelight vigil remembering Donna Calvert 13, Allaysa Porter 13, and mother Tina Porter 43 has been scheduled for November 20 beginning at 8:00pm.  The ceremony will take place along the tracks near the Main St. and Finger Hill Rd crossing in Marissa IL., where their SUV was struck by a Union Pacific freight train leaving 3 of the 4 passengers dead. 

Julie Seymour now 13 survived the crash and along with family members is expected to be in attendance.  Since these most recent deaths the victims families, T.E.A.R.S. and railroad safety advocates have pushed the ICC for gates to be installed at this deadly crossing, finally getting approval last August of 2007.  The gates are not yet scheduled for installation until next year.




         Donna Calvert                     Allaysa Porter                                            Julie Seymour