Coroner working to identify driver who died after car crashed into house

Credit: MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

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The impact caused the car and house to catch fire on North state Route 235 in Adams Twp. in Champaign County at the border with Logan County.

Credit: MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

The Champaign County Coroner’s Office was working Thursday to identify the driver who died when his car crashed into a Champaign County house and burst into flames Wednesday evening.

According to the coroner’s office, investigators have been working to identify the man but have not yet made a positive ID. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is also still investigating the incident, and is not releasing any more information at this time, an official said.

The crash happened just before 5:45 p.m. in the 9900 block of North state Route 235 in Adams Twp. on the border of Logan County when the driver crashed into the house, with the impact causing the car and house to catch fire.

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One person is dead after a car crashed into a house and both caught fire Wednesday evening, Dec. 8, 2021, in the 9900 block of state Route 235 in Champaign County on the border with Logan County. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

One person is dead after a car crashed into a house and both caught fire Wednesday evening, Dec. 8, 2021, in the 9900 block of state Route 235 in Champaign County on the border with Logan County. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

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One person is dead after a car crashed into a house and both caught fire Wednesday evening, Dec. 8, 2021, in the 9900 block of state Route 235 in Champaign County on the border with Logan County. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

The driver was headed north on state Route 235 North in a 2017 Toyota when the driver went off the left side of the roadway for an unknown reason and struck the house. The car caught fire, which caused the house to ignite as well, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

“Although several attempts were made, the residents were unable to rescue the driver from the vehicle,” a release from the sheriff’s office stated.

The residents were able to escape safely. The driver, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The car and house were engulfed when deputies and fire and EMS crews from the Rosewood and Riverside/De Graff fire departments responded.

The American Red Cross responded to assist the homeowners.

Deputies shut down state Route 235 in the area following the crash, which remains under investigation.

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One person is dead after a car crashed into a house and both caught fire Wednesday evening, Dec. 8, 2021, in the 9900 block of state Route 235 in Champaign County on the border with Logan County. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

One person is dead after a car crashed into a house and both caught fire Wednesday evening, Dec. 8, 2021, in the 9900 block of state Route 235 in Champaign County on the border with Logan County. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

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One person is dead after a car crashed into a house and both caught fire Wednesday evening, Dec. 8, 2021, in the 9900 block of state Route 235 in Champaign County on the border with Logan County. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

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