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Man dead after I-55 crash Saturday

Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 10:00 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — ODELL — A van crashed Saturday on Interstate 55 just north of Odell, claiming the life of its driver, authorities said.

The Odell Fire Department and Odell EMS were dispatched to the scene in Nevada Township of Livingston County at 1:55 p.m., according to a statement from Livingston County Coroner Michael P. Burke.

The driver of the van was discovered to be without signs of life after firefighters extinguished the flames, authorities said.

Deputy Coroner Danny Watson pronounced the driver dead at the scene at 2.37 p.m., authorities said.

Burke in his statement said an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death. The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of his family.

The crash is being investigated by Illinois State Police, District 6, in Pontiac and the state police crash reconstructionist, Burke said in his statement.

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