4 Ill. teens die after car plunges into icy creek

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The mayor of a rural community in northern Illinois says residents are still coming to terms with the deaths of four high school students whose car skidded off a bridge into an icy creek.

Wilmington Mayor Marty Orr says it's a "tragic loss."

Will County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ken Kaupas (KOW'-puhs) says the bodies of the two boys and two girls, aged 15 to 17, were recovered Tuesday from Forked Creek near Wilmington.

Kaupas says the teens had been missing since Monday evening. Authorities don't know exactly when the accident occurred. Kaupas says the driver likely lost control after hitting a patch of water or ice. The car tore through a guard rail and plunged into the water.

Wilmington is 60 miles southwest of Chicago.