VIDEO: Accident investigation scene on westbound Palatine Road, just east of Wheeling Road about three hours after a crash involving seven vehicles.
Wheeling police and firefighter/paramedics responded just before 6:00 PM Thursday to a multi-vehicle crash near Palatine Road and Wheeling Road Wheeling, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that multiple vehicles and a truck crashed in the westbound lanes of Palatine Road, just east of Wheeling Road.
Two victims were trapped in vehicles and required extrication operations to free them from their wrecked vehicles. Six ambulances responded to the scene, but only three people were transported to area hospitals. The extent of injuries for those transported to hospitals is not known, but witnesses reported they were alert and talking. Several other crash victims signed medical releases.
Multiple extrication tools were needed to work on two extrication operations simultaneously.
The westbound lanes were entirely blocked by the crash. Then lanes were blocked in both directions for rescue operations.
Later westbound Palatine Road was blocked at Milwaukee Avenue. During accident investigation, westbound Palatine Road was blocked at Wolf Road. An accident investigation team worked until after 10:00 p.m. while several tow trucks stood by.
Northbrook Fire Department Light Truck 10 lit up the scene, and left just before 11:00 p.m. While Light Truck 10 was returning to a Northbrook Fire Station, the truck dispatched to a tragic crash that killed Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter on I-294, just south of Willow Road.
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Crash location (green arrow).
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