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UPDATE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured in Crash

Bell Road accident kills one; two children hospitalized, one airlifted by helicopter.

One person was killed and two children were injured Tuesday afternoon after a white SUV and semi collided in a two-vehicle accident at Bell Road and Route 6.

A toddler was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and an infant was taken by ambulance to Provena St. Joesph's Medical Center in Joliet, according to Channahon Police Chief Joe Pena.

Around 6 p.m., the Channahon Fire Department still was trying to extricate the mother from the SUV, Pena said.

Pena said the families have been notified. The victims'  identities have not been released, but it is known that the deceased and injured are from Channahon, Pena said.

Bill Cooper of Channahon, a witness to the crash, said he broke a window in order to rescue the infant who had to be cut out of the car seat.

"There were no scratches, just some bruises," Cooper said. 

Cooper said he was unable to get the toddler out before the fire department arrived.

The semi truck driver for Estes Transportation is from the Bloomington terminal.

Check back with Channahon-Minooka Patch for updates on this developing story.

Dreama Valencia May 12, 2011 at 08:32 PM
did not know Carolyn Grey but live in Channahon, I think as a small community it is a tragedy in it self to loose a young mother, and my heart hurts for those children, I have a teenage daughter who is 17 and was passing by when this terrible accident occured and it has had a major impact on her, there isn't a day that doesn't go by she doesn't talk about it and has expressed that all the High school kids are talking about it, Does anyone have status on the toddler? My prayers go out to the Family during this horrific time, I would like to add that the truckers NEED TO SLOW DOWN, they are always flying up and down route 6, there is alot of trucking traffic going on these days and please be where that we are a residental community! use caution...
charlies angel May 13, 2011 at 03:14 PM
It is a state hwy, so not sure if they can lower speed limit, but they did lower it a few years ago around Mckinley woods rd area on 6. It was 50 or 55 around that little bend by ewert's car shop. I never see speed monitors too often around this area but it's funny how there is one on Scott Slocum's street for the past year or so. Politics I guess. I'll probably get accused of bashing him as well. Keli, if it makes you feel better arguing about safety for others, then so be it. I'm worn out. You win ! But FYI, the last couple of days the school buses have slowed down, so maybe someone did read this and put it to good use. I don't believe getting the truth out hurts. We don't know all the facts from the accident. It's so tragic & close to home, we're trying to prevent this from happening to anyone else. I think it makes us realize about our own mortality, how fragile life is. I hope we're all more attentive wherever we drive.
tom May 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Shouldn't these traffic poles be designed to break away?
mel September 02, 2012 at 07:26 PM
"accidents"?? No, they are drunken driving "Crashes". accidents are sometimes unavoidable, Drunken driving crashes are preventable and predictable
Shannon September 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Mel - Not sure why you are commenting on something from over a year ago. And this was an accident. No evidence of drunk driving in this story.

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