Fatal crash kills four Will County teenagers

By WEEK Producer

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 10:49 PM CDT

WILL COUNTY, Ill. -- Four teenagers are dead following a one-vehicle accident in Will County.

The victims, two girls and two boys ages 15 to 17, were found inside a car which had overturned into Forked Creek, near Wilmington.

The teens had gone for a drive Monday afternoon. A school bus driver spotted the submerged car around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Divers and other rescue workers were able to get the car pulled from the creek.

"There was a lot of water, standing water over the roadway due to the melt-off of the rain and snow that we all had, and this may have perhaps contributed to this tragedy. There could have very well have been icing, as well as water on the roadway," said Ken Kaupus of the Will County Sheriff's Office.

Three of the teens were current students at Wilmington High School and the fourth had once attended the school.

This is the third mass fatality accident involving teen drivers since Sunday.

In Dumas, Texas, five passengers in the Chevrolet SUV were killed on Sunday when their vehicle collided with a tanker truck. In Warren, Ohio, a single-car crash claimed the lives of six teenagers the same day.

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