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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.

Juliet Zenaty June 05, 2012 at 03:16 PM
To "The Truth" What a horrbile thing to say about anyone. Don't condem the driver of either vehicle. Pray for both
Crystal Prado June 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I'm tired of the crap im reading from all of you! I'm 19 and webt to school and knew all three of these teenagers and all three were great friends of mine and all you can do is try and determine who's fault it was?!! Its ridiculous! Have some heart for the family and friends! Its hard enough to know we're never going to see them again. R.I.P I will miss you!
Shannon Antinori (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Thank you, Jillian. My thoughts are with the families and friends of all three young people, as well as the driver of the truck.
Andre Salles June 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I will echo my co-workers. This is a terrible tragedy that has affected a lot of lives. Please, please be respectful of that when you're posting in here, and remember what the loved ones of all of the people involved are going through. Thank you.
Jon M June 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I tried as hard as I could to stay out of this, but I can't stand by and not defend them. I graduated with Tyler, and what some of you are saying about him and his friends is pretty disgusting for people that didn't even know them. All three were great kids, and it was an accident. To sit there and say that "it's because they were teenagers" or "they were probably texting and driving" is despicable. You have NO idea what happened. You were not there, and do not know who's fault this truly was. They may have pulled out in front of the semi, but what if he was going 75 mph in a 45? you do not know. You did not know any of them. Let me tell you, in my four years at high school at Plainfield North, the ONLY problems driving I ever had were with psycho parents rushing up the wrong side of the road to pick up their kids. Notice how "teens texting" was not the problem. Outside of high school, the idiot drivers that almost cause an accident with me on an everyday basis are not "teens texting," they are soccermoms and businessmen that think they are better than everyone else. Don't judge a book by its cover. Don't judge this situation because of their ages. Condolences for the 3's families and the truck driver. Finally, Udo, you are an absolutely OUTRAGEOUS person. You have absolute ice water running through your veins, sir. You are spiteful, unhappy, and vindictive. Rest in peace guys...just couldn't let people badmouth PNHS grads, especially people I knew.
Kelly L Karthik June 05, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Prayers for these kids, the driver and all of their families. Especially for the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, best friends and neighbors that knew these young people so well. Your tragic loss is heavy on my heart....thinking and praying for all of you today and for some time to come~ xo
Crystal Prado June 05, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Well said Jon!
Charles Babco June 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
126 is a wonderful road, because there are very few stop lights or signs on it. If drivers would just obey the speed limit on it, and cross traffic obey the signs, it would be a safe road. But how many new stop lights should we install now ? 126 and Grove is another problematic intersection. Much more traffic on Grove than Schlapp. When traffic gets backed up waiting to get onto 126, the cars start pulling out in front of traffic on 126, almost out of necessity. I would put the next stop light there, at the 3-way. ( pretty sure it's Grove rd. I'm referring to )
Kate G June 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
RIP I will miss you three so much. I am truly disappointed in the ADULTS who comment on here trying to place blame. Have some sympathy and keep your gossipy habits to yourself. Why don't you act like an ADULT and have respect. Tyler, Alexis and Brian were taken too soon, too bad many use this as an outlet for their ageist comments and irrelevant comments. REST IN PEACE.
Charles Babco June 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I actually drove by the accident sight last night. Can't say how fast the truck was going, but he definitely was on his brakes, HARD. I could see where he swerved of the road, with his brakes on, tearing up the ground behind him. At that time of day, it would be difficult to speed, due to rush hour traffic. Just saying.
Denise Chrobak June 05, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Rest in peace sweet angels!! Turns out we know Tyler and his family great family!!! I'm PRAYING FOR ALL FAMILYS involved!!
Charles Babco June 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Thanks for sharing. It is very easy for young driver's to do, for a # of reasons. Unfortunately just a simple mistake can lead to such tragedy. Just b/c a kid makes a horrific error, does not make him a bad person. I was driving down 126 yesterday just admiring the beauty of the countryside, when I realized I should be paying more attn to my driving. Then I came upon the accident scene.
Plainfield Conservative June 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Folks, we were all young once. They call it an "accident" for a reason. This was a terrible one. My heart and prayers go out to all families involved, including the truck driver.
Michelle June 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I went to school with Tyler's dad and my niece went to school with Mike's son and knew all three teens, My heart goes out to all involved... No one should ever feel the pain of loosing their children. My heart also goes out to the driver as I am sure he did all he could to avoid this tragedy!!
Charles Babco June 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
How do you know they were not distracted ?? Seriously. Accident ? YES, of course. But they are caused by something. I'm sure they were all GREAT kids. But someone is usually at fault. Not that it matters now, but let's try to be honest. Someone was at fault. Could have been a 3rd vehicle's fault, we don't know yet.
Sandy Castor June 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
R. I. P. Brian, Tyler and Alexis. God Bless you sweet Angels. I am sending cards to your families, and also the truck driver if I can find an address. They all had their dreams, looking forward to making a good life for themselves. Blessings.....Sandy Castor, Carson City, Nevada 89705
Kota June 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Someone needs to pull this thread off... It's not healthy. Leave the people alone. No matter what speed, no matter what happened, no matter what age, what happened -- happened. Patch needs to pull this thread.
Cathy Kalnicky June 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I feel the Patch just draws out all those people who have no lives and sit home blogging and pass judgement on others. I met Brian once; he was a friend of my daughter and he made a long lasting impression on me. I let him and 2 of his friends into my home to visit my daughter and the 3 of them held out their hands to shake my hand as they introduced yourselves smiling and chatting while doing it to a mom they had never met before. I cannot ever imagine what this family and their friends are going through right now but I watch the pain that my daughter is in and it breaks my heart. They were supposed to hang out today and that will never come. Prayers for all involved directly and indirectly as there is no rhyme or reason for why this happened; accidents just happen.
Lisa M June 05, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Praying for all of the families involved. I taught all 3 students in middle school and all were great kids!
Kathy June 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I completely agree. Can't the Patch make the decision to close off comments and not allow them? Andre?
Olddeegee June 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The development of self driving cars cannot come soon enough. I personally know of nobody under 20 who should really be driving, the capabilities and judgement can lead to a sudden wrong move and tragedy. One of Google's developers of the self driving vehicle mentioned that the reason he's working so hard on this is to save the lives of young drivers. My heart goes out to the families and friends of these children. Rest in Peace.
Elaine Hill June 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Praying for all families involved. Elaine
Ang P June 05, 2012 at 04:27 PM
As a 32 year old woman with small children I will one day have to worry about the decisions my children make when they are drivers. Anyone can be careless driving. It doesn't matter how old you are, no one is a perfect driver. I am disgusted by the comments on here placing blaming on 3 lost lives just 1 day after they were ripped from their parents lives. Have some compassion people. If the tables were turned you certainly would NOT want to hear the things you are posting about someone else's kids. Whether the teen driver or the truck driver was at fault, now is not the time to point fingers and be the rude, heartless humans you obviously are. Have some respect for lives that were lost & the parents & their loved ones reading this article.
Cathy Kalnicky June 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
what about those over 60, delayed reactions, hitting the gas in place of the brake?
Charles Babco June 05, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Once we have the State Police report which determines the actual cause, it will be a teachable moment. That is why the cause is important. Not looking to blame anyone, but it was a beautiful sunny day. Weather was not a factor. Perhaps the truck was passing another vehicle, or the teen driver mis-judged the trucks speed or distance. Our brains are not perfect. Prayers to all, R.I.P. young lives.
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 (Editor) 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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