Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate a three-vehicle accident that occurred on Route 126 earlier this week and resulted in one fatality, according to Plainfield.patch.com. A Plainfield Deputy chief states that a 63 year-old man of Yorkville, Illinois was driving east on Route 126 between County Line and Ridge Roads shortly before 6am on Monday when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and hit a box truck. The truck driver allegedly attempted to avoid the oncoming vehicle but couldn’t, and ended up striking an additional eastbound vehicle. The Yorkville driver was extricated from his vehicle and taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora where he was later identified and pronounced dead. The remaining drivers were taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in stable condition. Police say they are investigating what exactly caused the driver to swerve into the oncoming lane.
Police appear to be especially interested in this accident because it happens to be the third fatal accident this summer on a roughly three mile stretch of Illinois Route 126, an east-west state road that runs from Route 47 in Yorkville to Interstate 55 between Plainfield and Bolingbrook. On June 4th, three former District 202 students died when their vehicle crashed into a semi-truck at Route 126 and Sclapp Road near Oswego. Two of the students, both 19-years old, were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third 18 year-old student of Naperville was taken to Rush Copley Medical Center, where she was also pronounced dead.
Just over a month later, a motorcyclist was killed when an SUV struck a smaller vehicle at westbound 126 and County Line Road. The impact forced the car into the eastbound lane, where it struck the 57-year old motorcyclist and killed him upon impact. The remaining drivers and passengers were extricated from their vehicles and taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. A fourth, non-fatal accident occurred Tuesday just more than a mile from the site of Monday’s deadly crash. One person was injured in the crash involving a mail truck and two other vehicles near County Line and Renwick/Wheeler roads.
While many authorities believe that Route 126 is not particularly dangerous, others are continuing to investigate the recent accidents and determine if anything on the roadway can be done to prevent future accidents.
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