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updated: 2/20/2012 10:24 AM

1 dead, 2 injured in accident near NIU campus

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Associated Press

DEKALB -- Authorities say one man is dead and two others injured after a Sunday morning accident near the campus of Northern Illinois University.

According to police and fire officials, the driver, a 21-year-old DeKalb man, was pronounced dead at the scene early Sunday. Two other DeKalb residents were airlifted from the scene of the wreck in DeKalb.

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Authorities say the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and rear-ended a stopped or slow-moving semitrailer.

Police say open containers of alcohol were found in the car and are believed to have played a role in the crash.

None of the people in the vehicle are believed to be NIU students..

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