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Coroner identifies 4 Ill. teens killed in crash

Coroner identifies 4 Ill. teens killed in crash

Emergency personnel gather at a bridge Tuesday near Wilmington as they begin the task of recovering the bodies of four teens, aged from 15 to 17, found in a car that skidded off the bridge into an icy creek. Authorities say the teens had been missing since Monday evening and don't know exactly when the accident occurred.
Emergency personnel gather at a bridge Tuesday near Wilmington as they begin the task of recovering the bodies of four teens, aged from 15 to 17, found in a car that skidded off the bridge into an icy creek. Authorities say the teens had been missing since Monday evening and don't know exactly when the accident occurred.

CHICAGO – A coroner has identified the four high school students killed when their car skidded off a bridge into an icy creek in rural northern Illinois.

Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil said 14-year-old Matthew Bailey, 15-year-old Cody Carter, 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender and 15-year-old Micalah Sembach died in the accident. O’Neil said all four teenagers were from Wilmington, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago.

The coroner said the students were in a car registered to Fender. Authorities still are investigating who was driving.

The Will County Sheriff’s Department said the bodies were recovered Tuesday from Forked Creek near Wilmington. Officials said the teens had been missing since Monday evening. Authorities don’t know exactly when the accident occurred.

Authorities said the driver likely lost control after hitting a patch of water or ice.

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