Two Serious Accidents on Route 53/I-290 Friday Night

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Five-car crash minutes before a two-car crash with rollover nearby. Notice the reckless driver traveling over the speed limit approaching the crash and riding down the middle of the fork and then taking the local lanes.

Rolling Meadows firefighter/paramedics responded just after 8:00 p.m. Friday to a five-car crash in southbound lane one (median express lane) of Route 53. The crash was just north of Algonquin Road at the split of the express and local lanes.

A fire command report announced 10 victims or passengers — all with minor injuries. Some vehicles had serious damage, and at least one vehicle was spun around. Several impacts were rear-end collisions. Two southbound lanes were blocked for about one hour after the crash.

Unknown how many victims were transported to the hospital.

Two-car crash, one rollover on I-290/Route 53 northbound near Higgins Rd.

Second Crash — a Rollover
Elk Grove Village firefighter/paramedics and Schaumburg firefighter/paramedics responded to the next crash. The second crash, about 8:40 p.m. Friday, was a two-car and one rollover crash on northbound I-290/Route 53 just north of Higgins Road. Both cars were off the highway in the brush. A victim in the rollover car was trapped in the car and extricated quickly. The victim was transported to the hospital. A victim in the other car was released by paramedics.

Firefighter/paramedics did an extensive search for a possible third victim, and used a thermal imager along with flashlights in the brush near the accident scene and as far as south of Higgins Road. No victim was found.

At least two lanes of northbound I-290/Route 53 were closed during rescue operations. There was a report that the roof of the car that was overturned was torn off as it rolled.

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