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Contemporary Christian singer dies in car accident in Illinois

September 21, 1997

LOSTANT, Ill. (AP) _ Rich Mullins, a best-selling contemporary Christian singer, was run over and killed by a tractor-trailer after being flipped out of a sports utility vehicle that went out of control.

Rich Mullins, 42, died Friday night after he and his drummer, Mitchell McVicker, were driving southbound on Interstate 39 near Lostant, said sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Jacobsen. It was unclear who was driving, he said.

Truck driver Gregory Lea, of Newkirk, N.M., struck Mullins as he swerved to avoid the jeep and McVicker, Jacobsen said.

McVicker, 24, of Topeka, Kan., was listed in critical condition. Lea, 45, was not injured. No charges were filed.

Mullins, of Bonito, N.M., is perhaps best known for his song, ``Our God Is An Awesome God.″

Lostant is about 75 miles southwest Chicago.

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