Pin-in Crash with Quick Extrication on Eastbound Palatine Rd at Eastwood Dr, Arlington Heights

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VIDEO: Pin-in crash Monday morning at Palatine Road and Eastwood Drive.

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 8:42 a.m. Monday to Palatine Road and Eastwood Drive to a report of a crash with injuries. While en route, firefighter/paramedics learned that one person was trapped in one of the vehicles.

The victim that was trapped was extricated within minutes and transferred to a rescue ambulance. Buffalo Grove firefighter/paramedics responded to assist Arlington Heights firefighter/paramedics to help a second injured victim. Both victims were transported to Northwest Community Hospital.

The intersection is a difficult intersection because of heavy traffic on the eastbound lanes of Palatine Road. Palatine Road is also eight lanes in both directions — counting left turn lanes in each direction. A wide median allows careless drivers to sit in odd positions with little respect for proper lane usage. No word yet on the direction of travel of the vehicles involved — a Kia Rio and a Ford Econoline 150 van. The Kia Rio had severe impact at the driver’s side door.

Eastbound Palatine Road was blocked for about 20 minutes, and then opened to a single lane while the intersection was cleaned up.

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Another personal injury crash that occurred at the same intersection on Saturday May 21, 2011.

On Wednesday May 20, 2009 one person was killed and three people were critically injured in single-car accident when the driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. A memorial cross for the passenger killed, Jose Antonio Guzman-Ojeda, still stands at the tree that was impacted by the vehicle (See The Cardinal 1 Dead, 3 Critical in Car vs. Tree Crash on Palatine Rd. Just East of Rand).

For more FIRE-RESCUE-EMS incidents in Chicagoland, see CHICAGOFIREMAP.NET
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