ISP investigates 2 fatal crashes

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ILLINOIS - The Illinois State Police say two people died in separate crashes in Douglas and Champaign Counties Thursday night.

ISP officials say the first crash happened on IL Route 130 in Douglas County at about 6:00 p.m.  According to the preliminary investigation, authorities say a 1997 Chysler Sebring was traveling north on IL Route 130 in a southbound lane for an unknown reason when it struck a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse near a hill crest at Douglas County 1125 North.  The driver of the Sebring, identified as Thomas Watson, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second crash happened on Illinois Route 49 in Champaign County at about 11:57 p.m.  According to the preliminary investigation into the crash, troopers say a 2013 GMC pickup truck was traveling south on Route 49 near Champaign County 600N when it left the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a drain culvert.  The driver, identified as Jennifer Rothermel, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene.

ISP officials say both crashes are under investigation.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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