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Teen driver dies after car plunges into quarry

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OTTAWA, Ill. -- Authorities say a 17-year-old has died after crashing a car through a fence and plunging 70 feet into a quarry in Ottawa.

Ottawa firefighters helped recover the teen's body from a pit of water and sand at the bottom of the quarry.

The LaSalle County coroner's office identified the victim as Zachary Behrens of LaSalle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened around 7 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses saw the car hit a curb at high speed and crash through a security fence before shooting over the cliff at the U.S. Silica mined sand pit.

Behrens had been a student at LaSalle-Peru Township High School.

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