October 27, 2020
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Boy, 14, killed when stolen car fleeing police crashed into Madison County drainage canal | Law and order

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Crash near Edwardsville

Authorities on the scene of a vehicle crash early Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, near Interstate 255 and Interstate 270. Photo via KTVI Channel 2.


UPDATED at 7 a.m. Wednesday with name of boy who died and additional details from fire official

EDWARDSVILLE — A 14-year-old boy was killed and a 16-year-old boy was injured early Tuesday after two vehicles being chased by police ran off a highway and one submerged in a drainage canal at Interstate 270 and Interstate 255, authorities said.

Wood River police identified the boy who died as Harry Linnen Jr., 14, of St. Louis. Police did not identify the 16-year-old boy who was injured.

Harry drowned after trying to swim away from the vehicle that went into water, and a police officer tried to help but couldn’t get to him, authorities said. 

The boys were in vehicles that police had

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Stolen car fleeing police in Madison County crashes into drainage canal, killing one person | Law and order

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Crash near Edwardsville

Authorities on the scene of a vehicle crash early Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, near Interstate 255 and Interstate 270. Photo via KTVI Channel 2.


UPDATED at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with additional details from Illinois State Police.

EDWARDSVILLE — One person was killed and another was seriously injured early Tuesday after two vehicles being chased by police ran off a highway and one submerged in a drainage canal at Interstate 270 and Interstate 255, authorities said.

The two vehicles were among several that police had chased after a break-in at a Wood River car dealership on Edwardsville Road around 1 a.m. Illinois State Police said four of the vehicles were stolen from the dealership and that a fifth vehicle with the suspects had been stolen in a separate incident. 

State police said officers from Roxana were in pursuit of the vehicles speeding south on I-255.

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