Four people were injured in a “chain reaction crash” caused by a speeding driver on the Edens Spur near Northbrook, Illinois on Wednesday May 4.
According to the Northbrook Fire Department, the three-vehicle crash happened about 4:45 p.m. on the Edens Spur near Skokie Boulevard. Although seven ambulances were sent to the scene, four people were taken to area hospitals. A “Flight for Life” helicopter was on standby, but ultimately not used to transport patients.
According to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Julio Serrano, traffic was backed up when a driver approached traveling at a high rate of speed – and didn’t stop. This vehicle rear-ended a second vehicle, which set off a reaction of further accidents.
The resulting accidents caused many injuries. The most serious of these injuries included the driver and passenger of the second vehicle in the crash, according to Serrano. The driver of this vehicle suffered a “broken back,” while the impact ruptured the passenger’s spleen. Both of these victims were taken to Evanston Hospital.
The driver of the offending vehicle was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge to attend to his injuries. His injuries were also considered “pretty serious,” Serrano said.
The driver of a third vehicle had very minor injuries and taken to Highland Park Hospital.
Firefighters from the Northfield, Deerfield, Glenview, Glencoe, Highland Park, and Skokie fire departments responded to the scene. The high number of responding ambulances was to ensure those firefighters would be medically treated if needed.
Charges are pending against the offending driver as of 9 p.m. Illinois State Police are investigating.
More on this story can be seen in the story titled “Charges Filed after ‘devastating’ crash on Edens Spur” from the Northbrook Star.