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Accidents claim two more lives

The investigation continues into separate traffic accidents that claimed the lives of two Bureau County residents in less than 24 hours.

Bradley A. Foy, 48, of Walnut died from injuries he received in a single-vehicle accident at 12:05 p.m. Friday on the Wyanet/Walnut Blacktop, south of Walnut.

The Bureau County Sheriff’s Department and Walnut Fire and Ambulance Department responded to the accident site. Bureau County Coroner Janice Wamhoff pronounced Foy dead at the scene. The victim was transported to Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton by the Walnut ambulance.

Shawn William Owens, 40, of Tiskilwa died from injuries he received at 2:48 a.m. July 2, when his vehicle overturned on the Kentville Road, about one-half mile east of 350 East Street. Owens was found unresponsive outside of the vehicle.

Assisting the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department at the scene were the Neponset Fire Department, Kewanee Fire and EMS, and the Buda Fire Department.

Owens was transported to the Kewanee Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Foy and Owens accidents were the third and fourth vehicle fatalities in the last week in the Bureau County area.

Emily VandeVoorde, 16, of rural Annawan, was killed in a single-vehicle accident about 7:30 a.m. June 29, while traveling on Route 78, just north of Interstate 80 in Henry County. The girl was headed into Annawan for volleyball practice at Annawan High School when her vehicle left the road and struck a tree. The teen was LifeFlighted from the crash site to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where she was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. in the emergency room.

Also on June 29, William A. Doubler, 69, of rural Mineral died from injuries he received when his tractor overturned on him while he was mowing that morning at his property. Doubler was transported from the accident scene to the Kewanee Hospital and then LifeFlighted to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, where he died that evening.

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