Crash scene at Arlington Heights Road and Euclid Avenue on Saturday afternoon.
Arlington Heights police first received a report about 3:22 p.m. Saturday of a hit-and-run property damage crash, and that the offending vehicle was driving southbound on Arlington Heights Road after hiting a mail box near Arlington Heights Road and Olive Street. A witness followed the truck and updated the police with a report that the vehicle — a pickup truck — hit a stop sign near St. James School. About 3:23 p.m. police received a report that the truck rear-ended at least three vehicles at Euclid Avenue and Arlington Heights Road.
The driver was apparently impaired — possibly with a medical issue. At least two victims in other vehicles were injured. Three Arlington Heights Fire Department rescue ambulances were called to the scene. The driver that caused the rear-end crash was conscious, but appeared to be staggering and not alert. He was transported apparently with Advanced Life Support to Northwest Community Hospital. Two other victims were also transported to Northwest Community Hospital.
The crash occurred less than an hour after St. James Parish finished their second group of First Communion, which had involved busy vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic in the path of the stricken driver and vehicle.
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