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Woman killed, two girls injured in Channahon crash

A woman was killed and two girls were injured when a semi trailer collided with an SUV on Tuesday afternoon in far southwest Channahon.

The semi trailer was traveling east on Route 6 near Bell Road when it hit the westbound SUV at 3:30 p.m., Channahon police Chief Joe Pena said.

Pena said the semi hit the passenger side of the SUV, forcing the vehicle into a light pole at the southeast corner of the intersection.

The wreck claimed the life of Carolyn A. Grey, 43, of Channahon, who was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:40 p.m., according to the Will County Coroner’s office.

The 4-year-old was extricated from the car and flown by helicopter to a Advocate Good Samaratin Hospital in Downers Grove. The 1-year-old girl was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Both were in stable condition, Pena said. The victims were not identified Tuesday night.

It is believed that both children were in the back seat of the vehicle, he said, but it was hard to tell because the SUV was so mangled.

The truck driver was not injured.

State police are reconstructing the accident, which is still under investigation. No citations have been issued.

“It is truly a tragic accident,” Pena said.

The pole that the SUV hit was put up last year for a traffic light that community members had sought and studies supported, Pena said. A new high school helped create the need for the traffic light at the intersection.

“We’ve had personal injury accidents there, but nothing to this magnitude,” Pena said.

--Herald-News, Sun-Times Media Wire



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