A tragic Illinois semi truck accident claimed the lives of three teenagers recently in unincorporated Kendall County, according to a Glen Ellyn Patch news report. Police report that the black Ford coupe driven by one of the teens, a 19-year-old from Plainfield, pulled out in front of a semi truck heading east on Route 126 near Oswego at Schlapp Road around 3:15 p.m. on June 4. The truck hit the car, then flipped onto its side, pinning the car beneath it. According to police, paramedics used extrication to get the three teens out of the car. A stretch of Route 126 between Schlapp Road to the west and Ridge Road to the east was closed until late Monday evening.
The young driver of the vehicle and a 19-year-old passenger were sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The second passenger, an 18-year-old young woman from Naperville, was pronounced dead at Rush-Copley Medical Center where she was taken for treatment. The semi truck driver, a 45-year-old from Hodgkins, was also taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The truck driver was subjected to a blood test administered by police, which showed no signs of alcohol.
A vigil was held several days after the heartrending collision on the 24200 block of Apple Tree Lane in Plainfield where the 19-year-old driver lived with his family. More than two dozen families who lived on the block placed memorial candles in bags and placed them on the family’s driveway. The residents also plan on wrapping every tree in Plainfield North’s school colors to honor the victims. In addition to this neighborhood memorial, friends of the three victims gathered at the scene of the crash in the days following the fatal accident to honor the teens.
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