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QUINCY, Ill. (AP) – Police say a car driven by a 16-year-old in western Illinois veered into a cemetery and burst into flames, killing the teen and her 12-year-old brother.

Sgt. Dale Holt of the Adams County Sherriff’s Office says investigators don’t know what caused the car to veer off a rural road outside of Quincy.

He says the car struck a utility pole and then careened into the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Friday’s accident.

Emergency responder Bill Johnson told The Quincy Herald-Whig that the vehicle hit several tombstones and its gas tank ruptured, causing it to catch fire.

Firefighters found the car fully engulfed in flames, and it took them around five minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Both youths were pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle.