Teens’ car plunges into creek: A car with four teens plunged into a creek in northern Illinois, killing all of them.
Four teenagers died Tuesday in northern Illinois after their car slid off a bridge and into a icy creek.
“(I was) praying, begging, pleading, willing to trade,” Melissa Robertson, the aunt of Micah Semnach, who was killed, told the Chicago Tribune. “Fifteen years old. I’m already tired. She didn’t even have a chance to get tired. … I’m old and tired. I would have gladly gone in her place.”
The teens crashed in the town of Wilmington, located around 60 miles south of Chicago. The town’s mayor, Marty Orr, said the crash was a “tragic loss,” reported The Associated Press.
Ken Kaupas, spokesman with Will County Sheriff’s Department, said the bodies of two boys and two girls, all aged between 15 and 17, were recovered from Forked Creek near the town. The teens had been missing since Monday night.
“She called me this morning crying,” Kim Fender, aunt of a victim, told the Tribune. “She was just crying and crying, and she didn’t know exactly what happened. I know (Cheyenne) didn’t come home last night like she was supposed to.”
Kaupas told NBC Chicago that the crash was likely related to weather conditions.
“There may have been water coming over the roadway just before the bridge. We’ve had a tremendous amount of runoff and melting as everyone in the area has experienced, and that may have contributed to this horrific crash,” he said.
In the incident, police were called to the creek when a school bus driver noticed that the guard rail was broken and saw a wheel popping out from the water.
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