Speed a concern on Route 126 through Kendall
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2013 6:04PM
The intersection of Schlapp Road and Route 126 was closed Monday following a traffic accident that involved a semi-tractor trailer truck. | TODD SHERMAN~NETWORK VIDEO PRODUCTIONS
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:49AM
It was strange that on the day a Chicago lawyer filed a lawsuit related to a 2012 fatal accident at Route 126 and Schlapp Road in Kendall County, another serious accident was occurring at the same intersection.
That’s what happened Monday when at least one person was seriously injured in an accident in unincorporated Kendall County, a collision that involved a semi-tractor trailer truck, and in which one person apparently was airlifted to an area hospital.
Details of the accident and injuries, which were handled by Illinois State Police District 5 in Lockport, still were unavailable at press time.
But it is known that in an accident at the same intersection a little more than a year ago — June 2012 — three teens were killed.
On Monday, a lawyer for the families of Alexis Banuelos, 18, and Tyler Montgomery, 19, filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court blaming the trucking company J & L Services, of Midlothian, and one of its drivers, for failing to look out for the car Banuelos and Montgomery were riding in, and failing to avoid the collision.
The truck, which was hauling bags of sand, was heading east on Route 126 when the teens’ car edged out in front of it, State Police said previously. The truck’s driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The suit also claims negligence against the estate of a third teen killed in the crash, 19-year-old Plainfield resident Brian Herrera, who was driving the car the teens were in.
Herrera had a driver’s license for two years, and had no tickets or problems until the fatal crash, relatives said following the accident.
The trucking company could not be reached for comment this week.
Scott Koster, Kendall County Sheriff’s chief deputy, said Tuesday Kendall officials are aware of the intersection, and have “encouraged” the Illinois Department of Transportation to take a look at the configuration there, and the speed limits.
But Koster said for the most part, the intersection is “wide open” and clear. But that stretch of Route 126 is one that goes for about eight or nine miles between Yorkville and Plainfield with no stop signs, only traffic on other roads stopping for the state highway.
“That area is one of the few stretches left with no stop signs for eight or nine miles,” Koster said. “Some drivers can get going up to 65 or 70 mph.”
After the accident last year, Koster said the Kendall Highway Department added flashing lights to warn people on Schlapp Road of the upcoming stop for Route 126.
“But for some reason, this intersection seems to be one where people move out there, and go through,” he said.