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Driver and passenger injured in Morris accident still being treated

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:12 a.m. CST

MORRIS — The driver and front-seat passenger involved in Sunday's crash on Route 6 are fighting for their lives after leaving the accident in critical condition.

Back-seat passengers James Harris III, 22, from Channahon, and Kendall Forth, 16, of Minooka, were both ejected from the SUV headed east on Route 6 after the driver lost control Sunday night at about 11 p.m. The car left the roadway and went into the south ditch where it rolled several times into a neighboring field.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene by Grundy County Coroner John Callahan. Forth died Monday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria due to injuries sustained during the crash.

The front seat passenger, a 20-year-old male from Minooka, is still in serious condition, according to Advocate Christ Hospital where he was transported following the crash.

According to Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan, he was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver— an 18-year-old male from Shorewood— was transported from the accident by helicopter to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. The driver pulled himself out of the vehicle, Sheriff Callahan said Monday.

As of Tuesday morning, someone from Good Samaritan Hospital could not be reached for updated information on the driver's condition, but the sheriff said he was still being treated.

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

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

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.

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

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