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Christmas Eve Crash Kills Two, Injures One

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Posted: Monday, December 26, 2011 12:00 am

Two young men were killed and one was critically injured in an accident in the early morning hours on Christmas Eve east of Litchfield.

Clayton Owens, 21, and Cody Dewitt, 18, both of Litchfield, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Gray, 19, also of Litchfield, remains in critical condition at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the one-vehicle accident on Old Quarry Trail, east of Old Litchfield Trail, was phoned into 911 at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.

Litchfield Fire and Rescue, Litchfield Ambulance, and the sheriff's office discovered all three victims in a 2000 Ford Mustang. All three had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Gray was transferred to St. John's by helicopter.

Ten Litchfield Fire and Rescue members were on the scene for over four hours. Investigation into the accident continues by the sheriff's office and Illinois State Police accident reconstruction.

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