Illinois State Police troopers and Arlington Heights firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:29 p.m. Friday July 10, 2020 to a report from an off-duty firefighter that a vehicle crashed into the far right lane of the toll booth (Plaza 18) on westbound Interstate 90 just west of Arlington Heights Road.
One male patient was injured at the scene and a quick vehicle extrication was performed to remove the patient from his vehicle. The patient was transported with extra paramedics on board the ambulance to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The injured driver was identified as Lavern Gank, age 92 of Hawthorn Woods. Gank was was pronounced dead about an hour after the accident, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Illinois State Police believe Gank may have suffered a medical event when he lost control of his car and struck the toll booth.
The two right lanes at the toll booth were closed for the one-vehicle crash investigation. The open I-Pass Toll lanes were not affected. All lanes reopened just after 3:00 p.m.
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