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BLOOMINGTON — McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder said she is still working to positively identify a man killed in a fiery, single-vehicle crash Sunday morning on Interstate 55 near Shirley.

She said the man is not from the area, and progress is being made in identifying him. But she will release the identity until a positive identification is finalized.

“We are going to have to use DNA and so it could take several weeks,” she told The Pantagraph on Tuesday.  

The crash happened in the northbound lane around mile marker 149, near the Funks Grove rest area. Yoder’s office was notified at 2:37 a.m. The victim was the only person in the vehicle.

The McLean Fire Department, Dale Township Fire, McLean County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police assisted at the scene.

This incident remains under investigation by the McLean County Coroner’s Office and the Illinois State Police.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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