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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.

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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.

Jerry September 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Megan, I'm assuming you reported this to someone? What was the outcome?
Megan September 10, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I reported it and so did some of the other parents. We were told she would be spoken to about it. She still drove the bus, but eventually got into an accident and was fired. That was the story I heard.
Stephen Youhanaie September 10, 2012 at 09:34 PM
It wasn't at an intersection, it was at least a quarter mile (east) from the north ridge road/126 intersection.
MT September 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I agree that Rt126 and county line road needs a traffic light as well as turn lanes, but people need to slow down cars passing at 70+ MPH is just plain stupid. Is 2 minutes off someone's drive to work worth risking a life of a mother, father child. Any life.
Aly September 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM
People just need to slow down and pay attention. I don't know how many times I have been passed by people going way over the speed limit and passing another car on the opposite side coming at me. It is very scary.
Plainfield Ind September 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Traffic signals cost almost a million dollars per intersection. The State of Illinois is much different than the United States. It can't just print money, we're already broke. Any person who claims a red light will or would've prevented this accident has no proof or study that such light would even be effective in this incident or any other. Those who give up liberty for safety shall have and deserve neither.
Olddeegee September 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM
You're wrong. There is money when lives are at stake. We have a freedom to insist that a light is put at an intersection that is a site of so many crashes. The only thing your "Independent" of is a compassionate sanity.
Plainfield Ind September 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM
How many accidents are at this intersection per year? What information have you obtained to prove an expensive light is needed? What about all the accidents at 135th and Route 59 with stop lights and red light cameras? That still doesn't work but people like you want to just blow more money. The traffic flow in Plainfield is pathetic. None of the traffic signals are linked with one another. Just like when we go to an airport and have to go through all the xray machines and genital groping. Those who give up liberty for safety shall have and deserve neither. In this case, when we give up our freedoms at airports the terrorists are winning. Those who give up liberty for safety shall have and deserve neither.
Dana Ramsey September 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I totally saw a school bus driver texting while driving this morning when she almost smashed into Me!!
Dana Ramsey September 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
And wouldn't putting more lanes in the road further obstruct visibility?? Put a light up...there are worse ways to spend money.
Plainfield Ind September 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Did you call the bus company or school district to report it?
Plainfield Ind September 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM
What information or data do you have to support a one million dollar project? Perhaps you should investigate a little bit and learn more about Ridge Road and the proposed alignment. There still needs to be a right-of-way acquisition with the property to the south of the intersection. There will be a traffic light there after that is done. A stop light at every intersection does not stop accidents.
Megan September 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I am going to start with me. Jerry, will you slow down as well? If we take action and follow speed limits guess what? The people behind us will also have to follow the speed limits. We can force the issue by obeying the traffic laws already implemented. I am not totally innocent here. I speed as well, but let's all be more aware of our driving habits and be accountable for our actions. : D
Megan September 11, 2012 at 02:21 AM
It is quite unfortunate that even the people who drive our children to and from school are willing to put all of those innocent lives at stake. Our children deserve better than that. And yes, Plainfield Independent, I did call the bus company, and so did other parents who were rightly concerned for their child's safety. We were told the driver would be spoken to. She was allowed to keep her job. Texting while driving children in a school bus should be cause for immediate termination. These drivers are not concerned about being punished severely for their negligence. If they were concerned about losing their job for being caught just once, they wouldn't do it. Period.
Jerry September 11, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Megan I will definitely commit to that.
Oswego Dentist September 11, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I feel immediate termination for texting while driving a school bus is necessary! It seems easy enough to check drivers phone records and then terminate. We ALL need to be more cautious. Way too many distractions these days for drivers. Slow down and pay attention!!!
Brian September 11, 2012 at 03:19 AM
All this chatter about texting and driving, it's nowhere near as dangerous as someone not wearing their seatbelt, right? Or at least that's what I'm assuming by how often we see seatbelt checkpoints in Oswego. Well, it's that or a blind eye being turned to a big problem.
On The Ridge September 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM
How many accidents on 126 is it going to take before they put traffic lights up?!
Dave Bucher September 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Isn't this intersection supposed to be rearranged so that Ridge Rd goes around to the east of Anderson's Tree Farm? Is that where the light is supposed to go?
Nicole September 11, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Ram Seichert, I thought you were under a seudo name and actually were Sam Reichert, and now I am thinking you are not....
K.T. September 11, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I think your point was lost in translation. You may have saved the lives of this driver and the lives of others. Thank-you for making her think about what she was doing. I am also a bus driver that sees many careless actions of drivers. My job takes me daily on Rt 126. For the saftey of the children I transport, my wish is for others to slow down or a lower speed limit on 126. I take my job seriously and so do other bus drivers.
R. Ferguson September 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Occasional Traveler Not that this is specific to this tragic incident, but one of the greatest hazards on Route 126 is driver behavior at intersecting roads with non-four way stops.  All too often merging drivers will pull out in front of vehicles that are travelling at speed (the posted limit) and almost upon that intersection.  This action requires the right-of-way driver to slow considerably and then they invariably turn at the next intersection.  I am amazed at how close these folks allow you to get before pulling out especially when the next vehicle is a quarter mile away.  Wait another four seconds for a safe opportunity to merge.  I am suprised there are not more serious accidents with the poor/dangerous driving habits witnessed near every trip taken on 126.  
Olddeegee September 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Plainfield Independent: I've lived within 2 miles of that intersection for 50 years. I don't need stats in this instance. A light is long overdue.
Herm September 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It's good to hear that a traffic light is coming to 126 and Ridge Rd north. I've often waited there and wondered if I would survive the movement onto 126. As far as 126 and County line rd., how much can it cost to put up 2 more stop signs. That spot is as scarry as any I have ever encountered. Coming from all 3 directions gives you a rapid heart beat if you have to turn. A three-way stop would really help.
Matt September 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Plainfield independent keeps talking about politics. Giving up rights means we deserve no freedom? Please know this topic isn't about politics but a group of people discussing the safety of a road. The lives lost prove the need for intervention across the whole road. There are ways. I'm certain people who drive it and see the destruction caused by the few wouldn't mind stopping at a few strategic points. Not lights but stop signs. I'm also certain that if given then chance the road can be widened in several locations to allow for turn lanes or escape lanes so cars aren't turned into ditches spun and without control driving into on coming traffic. If you wish to speak about liberties and your injustice don't harp on the people trying to solve a problem. It kind of irritates me when people troll around saying what's wrong and why you can't do things instead of saying what's wrong and offering solutions. People trying to make changes create a new world not your trolling and need to strike down options.
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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