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VIDEO: Skokie Garbage Truck Involved in Crash with Car that Killed Three in Car at Harlem Ave and Harrison St, Glenview

Wed October 16 2013 8:29 am
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Video of garbage truck and car crash and fire as Glenview firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire that engulfed the car and the cab of the garbage truck (VIDEO CREDIT: Tray Cashman).

Glenview officials have not confirmed the number of people killed in a crash that involved a Skokie refuse truck at Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. The Village of Skokie has confirmed that a Village of Skokie employee was driving a refuse truck to the Glenview Transfer Station. The statement on the official Skokie website reports that driver of the passenger vehicle that was hit violated a two-way stop sign and entered the intersection. The collision occurred and the Village of Skokie statement reports that three occupants of the vehicle were killed.

The Village employee, while shaken over the incident, is physically unharmed. The individual has been employed by the Village of Skokie for 19 years and has an excellent performance record. Required post-incident protocols are being followed. The accident is being investigated by Village of Glenview Police and the regional Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT).

The Village of Skokie expresses deep condolences to the victims’ families and concern for all of those involved in this tragic incident.

— Village of Skokie official website

Glenview firefighter/paramedics and police responded about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday to a crash involving a garbage truck and a car at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street. First responders received a report that the truck cab was on fire. When firefighters arrived, both vehicles were on fire.

The garbage truck apparently broadsided the car, which caused the car to rollover. The car was upside down with the front cab of the garbage truck on top of the edge of the bottom of the car. Both vehicles were charred. There is no confirmation on the number of victims that were in the car from Glenview officials.

The driver of the garbage truck is reported to have escaped without signifiant injuries.

At 4:35 p.m. Harlem Avenue was blocked in both directions between Central Road and Colfax Street. An Accident investigation team consisting of the Village of Glenview Police and the regional Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) were working at the scene for an extended time period — at lest until 9:00 p.m..

The crash scene was located just east of Hoffman Elementary School. School officials and Glenview School District 34 officials arranged alternate crossing passage for students walking home, and also re-routed buses away from the crash scene.

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