After two people died in a six-vehicle accident in the suburb of Batavia on Monday, residents are pleading with authorities to take action to prevent similar tragedies along a stretch of road that locals say has been dubbed Killer Kirk.
Police say the crash happened just after 1.30pm in the 1300 block of South Kirk Road.
When authorities arrived, they found that a vehicle had overturned on its roof and the two people inside were dead.
A total of six vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tractor-trailer that was pulling a fuel tank.
This road has been a source of pain and concern for residents for years, and neighbors fear that without changes there will be more tragedy in the years to come.
“I heard a loud bang and thought something had fallen on our house,” neighbor Art Blodgett said. “I went ‘holy cow! There is a car turned upside down.
Ben Kielion also rushed outside and immediately saw that the two occupants of the overturned vehicle had suffered catastrophic injuries.
“I went in the other car, and those two weren’t doing well,” he recalled.
Police have yet to release the cause of the accident, but say the collision began when a car tried to change lanes and hit a tractor-trailer. The vehicle then swerved into oncoming traffic, causing a massive crash that paralyzed Kirk for several hours.
“We always called him ‘Killer Kirk,’” Kielion said. “It has always been dangerous. There were never any turning lanes and people are speeding through these streets.
Now neighbors are hoping this latest fatal accident will be the one to spur action on the problems that have plagued the area for years.
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