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18-year-old killed in Bureau County crash

Posted by wlpo on June 19, 2015

An 18-year-old Galva man died after a semi and car collided south of Kasbeer in Bureau County Thursday.

Austin Porter was pronounced dead at around 1:30 Thursday in the emergency room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, according to the Peoria County Coroner’s Office.

According to the Bureau County Sherriff’s Department, Porter was traveling south on Route 26 around noon when his car crossed the center line and collided with a northbound semi-truck.

Porter had to be extricated from the car by Princeton and Ohio fire departments, and was life flighted to OSF Saint Francis.

The semi had been hauling grain and burst into flames after the collision. The fire was put out in under a half hour.

The Bureau County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.

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