Car Crash with Engine Fire Erupting at Central Rd and New Wilke Rd


Two-car crash, which resulted in a car fire at Central Road and New Wilke Road.

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 9:25 p.m. Sunday to a two-car crash at New Wilke Road and Central Road. When police arrived, fire was just starting to come out of the engine compartment of a blue compact sports car with heavy damage. Police extinguished the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the engine compartment erupted in flames after the extinguisher was emptied. A fire engine was requested to the scene.


Both drivers and all passengers were able to get out of the vehicles on their own. At least two people were reported injured, and transported to Northwest Community Hospital.

Firefighters arrived in a rescue-ambulance and rescue squad first, and requested a second ambulance.

Firefighters from the fire engine extinguished the engine compartment fire with F-500 encapsulator technology — an engineered water additive that is added to fire engine booster tanks. The technology reduces the incidence of re-ignition.

The second vehicle received minor damage in the crash.