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Second passenger in accident near Morris dies at hospital

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 3:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014 9:48 p.m. CDT

MORRIS — A second passenger involved in Sunday night's one-vehicle accident on Route 6 near Gun Club Road has died this afternoon.

Minooka 16-year-old Kendall Forth was pronounced dead after being transported from the accident scene to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria late Sunday, according to Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan.

Another passenger, James Harris III, 22, of Channahon was pronounced dead at the scene by Grundy County Coroner John Callahan.

Both victims who were killed in the accident were seated in the rear of the vehicle and were ejected from the vehicle.

At about 11 p.m. Sunday, Harris, a rear seat passenger, was ejected from an SUV traveling east on Route 6 after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car left the roadway and went into the south ditch where it rolled several times into a neighboring field.

The driver— an 18-year-old male from Shorewood— was transported from the accident by helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer's Grove, the sheriff said. The driver pulled himself out of the vehicle.

A front seat passenger– a 20-year-old from Minooka, had to be extracted from the vehicle.

He and the driver were both in critical condition when they left the scene last evening, said Assistant Chief Bob Wills from the Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District Monday morning.

The 20-year-old passenger was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn Sunday evening, Sheriff Callahan said.

"All of their conditions were very serious," Wills said.

The condition of the two remaining victims who are hospitalized is unknown at this time.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at 11:13 p.m. after a witness called in the accident.

"The witness said the vehicle passed her at a high rate of speed," Sheriff Callahan said.

After passing the witness, the vehicle returned to its lane but veered onto the shoulder and then appeared to over-correct as it tried to get back in its lane, the sheriff said the witness reported.

Crews from Channahon, Minooka, Morris and Coal City were on the scene for more than two hours and performed one extrication, Wills said.

The crash remains under investigation by the coroner's office and the Grundy County Sheriff Department.

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