An intersection in Illinois’ Kendall County, which those in the area have called a “death trap”, was the sight of a tragic accident that claimed three young lives.
Monday afternoon, Brian Herrera, 19, was behind the wheel when he pulled into the intersection ahead of a semi without enough time or space to accelerate. The truck, unable to stop in time, slammed into the smaller vehicle, killing Herrera and his two passengers, 19-year-old Tyler Montgomery and 18-year-old Alexis Banuelos.
Upon striking the car, the semi flipped over. The truck driver told police he tried to stop when he saw the car pull out, but was unable.
When emergency responders arrived, Herrera and Montgomery were pronounced dead at the scene. Banuelos was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, but later died.
‘It’s probably one of the most horrific crashes that I’ve seen in the 20 years being coroner,’ Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy told NBC Chicago.
All three teens attended Plainfield North High School. Montgomery graduated in 2010, while Banuelos graduated in 2011.
The intersection where the accident occurred, IL Rt 126 and Schlapp Road, is the often the sight of accidents, as Rt 126 is a relatively high-speed road and those coming off Schlapp are coming from a stop sign.
The accident occurred at around 3 p.m.
The driver was taken to Rush-Copley Medical as well, but with non-life-threatening injures. Police have stated he will not be cited.