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Three Teens Killed in Semi-Truck Crash Near Oswego

Three teenagers - two from Plainfield, one from Naperville - were killed when their car collided with a semi truck on Monday afternoon, Illinois State Police have confirmed.

Updated at 10:15 a.m. June 5:

Community Relations Director Tom Hernandez released a statement from the district Tuesday morning.

"We extend our sincere condolences to the families of these three students. All of our students are part of the District 202 family, even after they've moved on to life after high school, and so we also grieve this loss," Hernandez said.

Alexis Banuelos, 18, was a 2011 graduate. Tyler Montgomery, 19, graduated from PNHS in 2010. Hernandez said Brian Herrera, 19, was also a former District 202 student.

Original article:

Three teenagers were killed when the car they were in collided with a semi truck on Route 126 near Oswego on Monday afternoon, Illinois State Police said.

The driver of the car, 19-year-old Brian Herrera of Plainfield, and a passenger, 19-year-old Tyler Montgomery of Plainfield, were pronounced dead on the scene, police said. A second passenger, 18-year-old Alexis Banuelos of Naperville, was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center, where she was also pronounced dead, police said.

According to police, the black Ford coupe Herrera was driving pulled out in front of a semi truck heading east on Route 126 at Schlapp Road around 3:15 p.m. The truck hit the car, and flipped onto its side, pinning the car beneath it. Paramedics needed to use extrication to get the three teens out of the car, police said.

The driver of the semi truck, 45-year-old Scott Fernatt of Hodgkins, Illinois, was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released, police said. Fernatt was subjected to a blood test, and no sign of alcohol was found, police said.

A stretch of Route 126 between Schlapp Road to the west and Ridge Road to the east remained closed late Monday night.

Check back with Patch for more details on this story as they are released.

Laurie Montgomery June 05, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I have no words for all the "haters" and ignorant chants of the "pukers" in these rants. These outrageous and NOT knowing anything about this tragic accident, are nothing but "pukers", have nothing more in their lives but puking and pointing fingers. NONE of this will bring these 3 wonderful young people back. These 3 beautiful, loving, sweet, young people -- were who I adored and loved. Tyler was my step-son, Alexis was his girlfriend, Brian was his friend. 3 young people who were in college; everything ahead of them. 3 young people with goals, deams, and families who loved them deeply. I wish none of you to ever experience this split second in life; where your futures with your children NO matter what their ages are dissolved in a split second that cost them their lives. I have been given permission to speak for my husband, Tyler's Dad. AND YES, we do feel very deeply for the Truck Driver. Every life that Tyler, Alexis, Brian, and Scott touched are forever altered. This inter-section is one of the most deadliest in the county. My beautiful, talented step-son, his beautiful kind girlfriend, the beautiful young man Brian, and Scott; a man who was just doing his everyday job know this now all too well. My familiy just wishes everyone to stop the puking and pointing fingers; look around you, love who you still have in your lives, and celebrate with love and compassion.
Olddeegee June 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
This technology will be for everyone. As well as saving lives, the fuel conservation of vehicles linked be computer would be huge. All ages, old, young, or simply those who don't like to drive. We're already seeing small advancments in current cars (parking assists, rear warning radar) this will progress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_car
Carol Anaski-Figurski June 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
An unfortunate series of events. Before you know it they will have you turn 25 b4 you get a license, The way I see it it I think they should lower the driving are to 15 and make new cars more affordable.
MidwestGal June 05, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I deeply hope you and your family find peace and comfort soon. I also pray for your husband on this upcoming Father's Day, it will be a very hard day for him. Ignore the haters in life...your family deserves better.
Shannon Antinori June 05, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Due to the unproductive, hurtful nature of some of the comments, we've decided to close this thread out of respect for the friends and families of the victims. We may reopen commenting at a later time. Let's all try to be compassionate and think of the families who are hurting.

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