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updated: 6/17/2014 6:22 PM

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.

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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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