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Driver dies after being trapped in burning vehicle

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. -- The driver of Kia died after the vehicle went off the road, struck a tree and caught fire off CR 1000 North Tuesday afternoon.

La Porte County Sheriff's deputies, along with the Kankakee Fire Department and La Porte County EMS, responded to the single vehicle crash in Galena Township around 12:40 p.m. CST.

When they arrived on scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.

Once firefighters extinguished the fire, the driver's body was found inside the vehicle, deputies said.

Deputies say the driver of a Kia was traveling east on 1000 North, left the road and struck a large tree. The car burst into flames, then continued off the road to the south, through a livestock fence and came to rest in a pasture.

The La Porte County Coroner’s Office will determine the victim's identity.

The crash remains under investigation.

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