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Three Illinois teens perish in auto accident with semi

Families and friends of three Illinois teenagers who died in a collision with a semi truck in the afternoon of June 4, 2012 are still mourning the loss of their loved ones. An 18 year-old girl was driving on Schlapp Road in Kendall County at about 3:15 p.m. the day of the car accident, with her 19 year-old boyfriend and another 19 year-old boy who was a close friend of the couple when they approached a stop sign at Route 126.

The driver decided to pull out in front of a semi truck travelling eastbound on Route 126. The truck was heavily laden because it was hauling silicon sand and the driver of the truck could not slow down in time to avoid hitting the car with the teenagers in it. The truck rolled over and the 45 year-old truck driver was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital. Clean-up crews remained at the accident scene until about 9 p.m. trying to clear away the sand that spilled out of the truck.

Authorities found no evidence of drugs or alcohol at the scene of the accident, but they reported that it will take up to 10 days before they have the results from the toxicology screen that they ran on the driver and can completely rule out drugs and alcohol as factors in the accident.

The county coroner noted that the intersection where the accident happened has been the site of other fatal accidents in the past, such as an eerily similar 1990 accident where a car with three teenagers in it pulled out in front of a truck, resulting the death of the teens.

While there is nothing to obstruct drivers' views of traffic at the intersection, officials speculate that since it is so wide open in the area that it may be difficult for some to accurately judge the speed of oncoming traffic, causing them to believe it is safe to pull into the road.

Source: Naperville Sun, "Parents, Plainfield schools mourn teens killed in Kendall crash," Jane Lundquist, June 5, 2012.

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