Abhijit Anturkar Killed in Crash on Extremely Slippery Route 53


Schaumburg firefighter/paramedics responded to a fatal crash on Route 53, just north of Interstate 90 just after 7:45 p.m. Monday. Abhijit Anturkar, 35, of the 300 block of West Meadow Mist Lane in Round Lake was killed in an accident on Route 53 near I-90 about 7:45 p.m. Monday. Anturkar was standing outside his vehicle near the center median of northbound Route 53 inspecting damage to his vehicle after sliding off the expressway, when his car was hit from behind by another vehicle that was in a spinout. His own car struck him and flipped him over into the southbound lanes, where a vehicle traveling southbound hit him. Abhijit Anturkar died from his injuries sustained on Route 53, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.

Rolling Meadows firefighter/paramedics also responded to the crash.

Roads were unusually slick on Route 53 from freezing rain near Schaumburg, south to Thorndale, and north to Lake Cook Road.

Rescuers and police on Route 53 started closing down the expressway about 8:10 p.m. Monday night. About 9:00 p.m. the I-290/IL 53 expressway was closed from Lake Cook Road to Thorndale Avenue. The Illinois State Police attempted to communicate to firefighters to re-open the expressway, but firefighters refused to re-open in some parts of the expressway.

Video from Route 53 as it was closed after freezing rain and snow cause multiple crashes and spinouts. The video scenes shown are about four and five miles north of the fatal crash scene, where about 10 crashes occurred.

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Route 53 (north-south) and Interstate 90 interchange (east-west).

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