VIDEO: Accident investigation scene after a crash that ejected three people and injured a total of four people on Devon Avenue, just east of Cumberland Avenue in Park Ridge.
Park Ridge police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:54 PM Wednesday to a report of a crash with multiple injuries and ejections at Devon Avenue and Cumberland Avenue Park Ridge, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics arrived to find a crash about 100 yards from one of their fire stations.
Crews on arrival reported two victims ejected from a vehicle, and one patient inside a car with air bag deployment.
Crews reported a fire starting in the engine compartment, which was quickly extinguished.
Park Ridge Fire Department command reported three patients were transported Code Red to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and one patient was transported Code Yellow to Resurrection Hospital in Chicago.
Witnesses at the scene reported that victims were down in the westbound lanes of Devon Avenue. One female victim wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey was in her car in the eastbound lanes of Devon Avenue just east of Cumberland Avenue.
An SUV was facing eastbound in the westbound lanes of Devon Avenue. The victims that were ejected apparently were traveling in the SUV. The side rear windows of the SUV were popped out, and the rear hatch window was popped open.
A witness reported that one victim down in the street was also wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey.
Word spread on the street among witnesses that one of the crashed vehicles — likely the 1996 SUV — may have been involved in a street race eastbound on Devon Avenue. A third vehicle may have fled the scene, according to bystanders. The information was not confirmed by police, as the crash is under investigation. The crash scene was very difficult to comprehend factors leading up to the crash and how the crash occurred. The debris field started as far west as the Cumberland Avenue intersection with Devon Avenue.
Apparently the SUV was eastbound on Devon Avenue traveling at a high speed when the driver disregarded a red light and hit an Audi passenger car in the left front — running over the front of the Audi with both vehicles ending up coming to rest about 250 feet east of the intersection.
A 20-year-old man was driving the SUV. Another 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were thrown out of the SUV — most likely out the rear side windows or rear hatch as the SUV rolled or spun after the crash.
A 24-year-old woman, who was driving the Audi, was transported Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago by Rosemont firefighter/paramedics.
The debris field included wheels, radiators, windshield wiper containers, automotive electronic components, dumbbells, pillows, windshield wipers, shoes, pieces of metal and more. At least one tree was destroyed in the median of Devon Avenue just east of Cumberland Avenue.
Both vehicles had severe front-end damage. An impression in the passenger car windshield showed that something heavy, deflected off the windshield of the passenger car.
An Accident Investigation Team worked overnight at the scene, and cleared the scene about 6:15 a.m. Thursday.
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