UPDATE: Man Killed in Route 126 Crash

Truck, two cars involved in accident on Route 126 in Plainfield Monday.

UPDATED, 9:45 a.m. Monday

Illinois State Police confirmed one man was killed in a three-vehicle crash on Route 126 west of County Line Road.

Chief Jon Stratton said the crash occured just before 6 a.m.

A four-door Mercury and a Kia were heading east on Route 126 when the Mercury crossed over and hit a box truck in the westbound lane, Stratton said.

"The truck tried to avoid him and couldn't," state police Sgt. Martez Malone said. "It went into the ditch, came out, crossed over and struck the other vehicle."

The driver of the Mercury was extricated and taken to Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The man's name and age have not been released pending notification of the family, Malone said.

The male driver of the Kia was transported to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Stratton said. There were no other passengers in either vehicle.

The driver of the truck and a passenger, both men, refused treatment at the scene, according to Stratton.

Illinois State Police initially incorrectly reported that the crash involved a third passenger vehicle.

Malone said the crash is under investigation.


Original story, 8:39 a.m.

Illinois State Police are investigating an accident that occurred shortly after 6 a.m. Monday on Route 126 west of County Line Road in

Sgt. Martez Malone said at least one person was seriously injured in the crash, which involved three passenger vehicles and a box truck.

Malone said details on the accident were not immediately available Monday morning.

Check back with Patch for updates on this story.

Editor's note: Photos courtesy of Todd Sherman of Northern Illinois FireGround Photos.

J. Ann September 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I appreciate K.T.'s point---which is what I was merely trying to say, but somehow it morphed into bus driver bashing! Yikes---no one in any profession is perfect, and I'm truly sorry you happened upon one of the few reckless ones, but please don't miss my point---we drivers see a lot more than you probably do as this is our profession, and I was trying to sound a warning, since the accident had some sort of distraction involved to cause the gentleman to swerve into oncoming traffic! People as a whole are a LOT more distracted with the advent of cell phones, texting and the like.
J. Ann September 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Excuse me, it's the bus driver again---uh, please try to refrain from generalizing about a very decent and challenging profession, ladies. Most of us never text and drive, and care very much about yours and our own children, as most of us are decent, law-abiding moms and dads. We take yearly refresher courses to maintain our CDL'S, and most attend monthly safety meetings as well as other special interest meetings for special needs. Your issue sounds like a personal one that need not be elaborated on as it's really not related to the topic at hand! It's just turning into a gripe session. Did you even get my original point at all?!
Megan September 12, 2012 at 12:58 AM
J. Ann, I'm sorry my comments offended you in any way. I was not trying to imply that all bus drivers are bad , just pointing out that mine was. I would love to have you drive my children around because it seems you really do care about the safety of the children you transport. : )
J. Ann September 12, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Thanks, Megan, and no offense taken. I really hope you have a better driver for your kids this year---it is a very important job, and the safety of your children is the highest priority!
Larry Motykowski September 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
It would be helpful if folks would also slow down and do the speed limit instead of being in a hurry to get to the next light. I'm constantly doing the speed limit and constantly tail-gated & passed on solid yellow lines on 126 or 71.


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