Illinois State Police and firefighters and paramedics from Chicago responded just before 5:30 p.m. to a report of a crash off the roadway near the ramps to I-190 inbound to O’Hare International Airport and I-90 West (outbound).
Illinois State Police and IDOT Help trucks initially responded to a report of a vehicle well of the road of westbound I-190 and I-90 about 5:10 p.m. The incident was later discovered to be a crash with injuries.
At the crash scene rescuers found power lines down across I-190 and part or all of I-90 West. A power line was also down across a truck. CFD Ambulance 2’s crew arriving from the east could not reach the patient in the truck because they were obstructed by the downed power line. Ambulance 59 was dispatched from O’Hare and arrived traveling the wrong-way on the blocked lanes of I-190.
CFD Battalion Chief 11 on scene reported a high voltage power line across all lanes of I-90 and across a truck. The driver was out of the truck by 6:00 p.m., and transported by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Resurrection Hospital.
At 5:45 p.m. traffic on westbound I-90 was backed up to Cicero Avenue.
ComEd and Aldridge Electric responded to the scene to repair the power lines.
The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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