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Channahon man killed in Sunday crash identified

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 11:50 a.m. CDT

MORRIS — Authorities have identified James M. Harris III, 22, of Channahon as the passenger killed during Sunday night's one-vehicle accident on Route 6 near Gun Club Road.

At about 11 p.m. Sunday, Harris, who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle, 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.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene by Grundy County Coroner John Callahan.

The driver— an 18-year-old male from Shorewood— and the two remaining passengers were in critical condition when they were transported from the scene, said Assistant Chief Bob Wills from the Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District Monday morning.

The two other passengers were a 16-year-old female and 20-year-old male, both from Minooka.

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

As of Monday morning, Wills did not know updated conditions of the injured.

The driver was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer's Grove. The female passenger was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria and the male passenger to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said.

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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