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Eldorado man killed Sunday in car accident

Posted on 2/14/2017, 7:08 PM

WILLIAMSON COUNTY - A 21-year-old Eldorado man died in an early-morning car wreck Sunday in Williamson County.

Carl Austin Gollihur died from injuries sustainted in the wreck, according to Williamson County Coroner Mike "Junior" Burke. The accident occurred at 3:51 a.m. in the eastbound lane of Illinois 13 at the intersection of DeYoung Frontage Road.

Police state that Gollihur was travelling east when he struck a semi-tractor trailer that was crossing the intersection.

The accident is under investigation by Marion Police Department, Illinois State Police and the coroner's office.

Gollihur was a 2013 graduate of Eldorado High School, and EHS Principal Ryan Hobbs said his former educators were saddened to learn of his passing.

"On behalf of the Eldorado school system, we are very sorry to hear of his death," Hobbs said. "He was here during my second year as principal, and he was a very enthusiastic and bright student. He also was a very talented athlete."

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