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.

Sheila m May 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM
If you look at the pictures from channel 5 news, it would ne impossible for the accident to happen that way, as the truck appears to have hit the Drivers' side pushing the passenger side into the pole. So, open mouth, insert size 9. That's why it's called hearsay gossip. Prayers to all the families involved, regardless of how this tragedy unfolded.
Jackie May 11, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Wow really people how old are u guys????? This is not the time or place to be arguing. P.s. put your own BS aside and put that energy towards praying for this family.
Susan May 11, 2011 at 01:12 AM
I so totally agree with all comments except the ones from Jean. Jean if you did not personally witness the accident BE QUIET. Being a RN and knowing about HIPPA that information should not have been given out. I travel Rte 6 often and those semi trucks drive faster than the posted speed limit. My prayers go out to all involved especially God's children. May he wrap them in the lambs blood and protect them. Losing a parent is terrible at any age. Judgement will come from above. Prayers also go out to the rescuers who had to witness such a terrible event. May God bless us all.
Jacki McHale May 11, 2011 at 01:17 AM
This is my subdivision and being a mom with two small children (like most of us in Hunters Crossing) my heart is broken. For the children who no longer have their mother, for the family that grieves them. No matter how it happened or who did what. We ALL do things at one point or another that may have turned out differently. This was just a way for me to hug my children extra tight tonight. Hoping that the little ones survive, and for the mother who is now their angel to watch over them. Be careful out there everyone.
Dawn Aulet (Editor) May 11, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Like many of you, I am the mom of two small children. I cannot imagine what went through her mind in those last moments. Blessings to the family.
FP May 11, 2011 at 01:46 AM
This was horrible, I live in the subdivision and drove past the accident on my home minutes after it happened, it was a very bad sight. My prayers go out to the family and the truck driver who has to live with this for the rest of his life.
Peter Noteman May 11, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Life is so precious and fragile. We should all live in the moment and always let those we care about know it. Lives changed forever; so sad. I agree 100% with jean and I'm not speculating on cause....soany trucks barrel down route 6 and tailgate cars; very scary and dangerous.
cherly cotter May 11, 2011 at 12:45 PM
So sad,, I am a bus driver and this is the worst light. I drive it everyday. So many close calls. My prayers are with the family
Tom Powell May 11, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I don't know how this accident happened, only that it did. I have 2 daughters and a third child on the way and I can't possibly imagine what that family is going through. That being said, I hope some good can come from such a horrible event like this. Maybe this will open a conversation about the infrastructure layout of our town and how we can make sure residential areas are protected from the ever increasing amount of truck traffic while still allowing for the trucking companies and those who do business with them to continue to be able to operate in our town. Please be safe driving home tonight and if you are a friend or neighbor of this family, whomever they are, please do whatever you can to aid them during this time. They need their community more than ever. - Tom Powell
Jacki McHale May 11, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Well said Tom. And Cherly Cotter, I agree that sun is HORRIBLE right there!
trivialthings May 11, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Sheila m...Open mouth insert your own foot. Before critizing others one should be sure of their facts. The pictures show that the SUV was struck in the passenger side. This was a terrible accident and as the police continue their investigation it will be determined how it happened. Until then please keep your "hearsay gossip" to yourself.
Carl Brady May 11, 2011 at 01:45 PM
It's a sorry day for all involved, some times we for get that big rigs, motor homes, and any others that tow a trailer just can't stop like a car. Our thoughts are with the family. Carl Brady
charlies angel May 11, 2011 at 02:23 PM
It's tragic no matter how it happened or who's fault it was. All I know is that with all the truck traffic, it was bound to happen. The speed limit should be reduced thru this town, especially by the high school. It's a nightmare in that area & will only get worse with the new gas station being put in. I live off rt6 & bell. People fly down Bell all the time, most appalling is the Minooka school bus drivers. I would like to clock one of those vehicles myself. We have called the police for speeders. They do radar the area here which does help. Chief Pena said there have not been accidents of this magnitude, but there about 9 crosses on the corner of rt 6 & bell. Our family extends are thoughts & prayers.
Marilyn Donovan May 11, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Dawn: Being a mother and grandmother, when I heard on Ch. 7 just a brief mention that there had been an accident on Bell Rd. and Rt 6, I just froze. I couldn't picture where Bell Rd. was , but my daughter, son-in-law and 2 precious grandsons live in Channahon, and I was really worried. This happens when you live a little distance from those you love. Your dad got the call from you that you and the family were all okay, so I could once again breathe. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in the SUV and to the truck driver. One never knows what will happen day to day or minute to minute. Thanks for your coverage. Mandy
Melinda Fritzler May 11, 2011 at 03:28 PM
It is sad and teribbly tragic, sending thoughts & prayers for the Grey family and the truck driver. I live in this subdivision and have always thought that the 45mph speed limit through the residential, school and business district of our town is RIDICULOUS!! Unfortunately a 45mph posted limit means everyone it going 50-60, it should be 35 or even 25 in some areas. Hopefully this will get some attention and it is the duty of all the citizens of Channahon to demand that this speed limit is reduced!
Keli Hollis May 11, 2011 at 04:24 PM
First and foremost my heart felt prayers to both the family involved in this accident and also the truck driver involved. Now to Nancy for as long as there have been homes near the intersection of rt. 6 and bell road there have been bus drivers getting the children who live there back and forth to school safely with out one lose of life. Why, because we all know how dangerous that intersection is. Now I will tell you what is appalling how Manu moms us drivers see every day with a cigaret in one hand and a cell phone in the other while they are driving there precious cargo back and forth to school because they don't trust the bus driver. This is my job. I do it with the utmost seriousness (I drive 170 miles a day from minooka to palls heights) and I'm tired fo moms bashing us when they dont look in there own back yard. This was a horrible accident that had nothing to do with school buses so back off.
Kai Fleckenstein May 11, 2011 at 07:26 PM
I was driving up to the crash sight as the police were closing off the road. Later that night I drove by to check it out with a better look. The truck driver had tried to stop and that is easy to see but the most likely thing that happened was the mother driving the white car was turning into Hunter's Crossing and thought she could make the turn before the truck had gotten too close. It is very sad on what had happened but i would just like to say that no one should be blaming anyone here, it's not anyones fault. I hope that the kids in the car make it and the rest of the family gets through it. I am only 16 and i have been driving a few months now but even i know just how bad it is there and i really hope something is done to make it safer.
charlies angel May 11, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Well you can come in my backyard, I don't smoke or use a cell phone or text when driving. I am not bashing school bus drivers. You are invited to my home & i challenge you to stand in my yard & see how fast some of the bus drivers go. You are offended & are taking this personal. I simply stated a fact. My child rides the school bus, I wouldn't let him ride Channahon buses if I didn't trust them. You are grouping yourself with the speed demons. I am not ashamed & won't stay quiet for fear to hurt someones feelings because i am stating a fact. Really if I didn't care about the kids, neighborhood or adults, I wouldn't have said a word. I have called Minnoka High School to complain, I wouldn't hesistate to call Karin Evans @ Channahon schools either if I witmessed speeding. I'm not looking to make up a story to cause trouble. I hope my neighbor Sue (who is a bus driver ) doesn't take it personal either.
Tori Feeney May 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM
I suffered from a serious accident seven months ago on Plainfield Rt. 126. I fell asleep at the wheel going 40 mph and hit head on with a semi. I woke up and was being excavated from my car and airlifted to Good Sams. Seeing this accident will affect me in ways that others will never truly understand. Although the children's names have not been released, they need all the care and support they can get right now.... I needed it and I ended up alive. The death of their mother will be a tragedy to deal with, and crippled with pain, the children will need as much love and support our great community can offer them. My heart goes out to the woman who was lost and the children who have a long recovery process ahead of them.
Heather Hunziker May 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Does anyone know the status of the children?
charlies angel May 11, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Tori, thanks for sharing. What a remarkable ending & glad you're here to tell your story. ; )
April Kunkle May 12, 2011 at 12:03 AM
That was a terrible accident and my heart goes out to the children who lost their mom, her husband, and her other family and friends. The intersection has been made better by the lights, it's my opinion the drivers need to get BETTER. There is a light there, if its turning just wait a minute or two until it's green again! Everyone needs to be more patient and aware when they are driving. Put the cell phones down and drive the speed limit. I too agree with the fact that the bus drivers from the High school drive too fast. I turn down bell road and before I'm even finished making my turn they are right behind me! I have to make another imeadiate turn into my subdivision and they don't even lower their speed. Maybe the high school needs to teach everyone safety around semi's, not just drinking and driving. We will always have to deal with trucks it's just wise to remember you cannot win against 80,000 pounds, even in a SUV.
Keli Hollis May 12, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Does it occur to anyone that this accident had nothing to do with speed or buses. Have you folks along bell road asked the village to put up a speed monitor. I live in shorewood and I know that once a subdivision goes in they drop out speed to 35. As far as the speed on 6 it may have to do with the fact that it's considered a highway.
Keli Hollis May 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM
And yes Nancy calling someone appalling is bashing.
David Magnus May 12, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Lot's of talk of a dangerous intersection. I drive through it often. The only dangerous things I've encountered are people. Bad driving can make any intersection dangerous. I'm not going to speculate on what happened here but one thing is for sure, a mistake was made by at least one if not both drivers. The intersection had nothing to do with it. Even before this intersection was controlled, I would hear talk of how "scary" it is to go through it. This in and of itself scares me. If you patiently wait for a safe opening, there is nothing to be scared about. If you are not patient, then it becomes scary and dangerous. Everybody......PLEASE! Drive defensively. Do not drive aggressively! Be patient at intersections. Do not over commit (jackrabbit starts). Leave plenty of room all around you, but especially in front of you. Err to the side of caution and forget about your "right of way" and think more about your right to live to see another day. Carolyn, her children and family are in our thoughts. This is an unimaginable tragedy. We all make mistakes while drivng and fortunately we get away with most of them. Maybe the good that comes of this will be in the form of awareness or a wake up call that saves a life or two down the road. Please everybody, take a step back and think about your own driving and what you can do to improve it. I know I will.
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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