Wrong Way Driver Crash with Minivan, Fire on Palatine Rd Near Wolf Rd, Wheeling

Luckily no people were killed or seriously injured in a crash involving a WRONG WAY driver going west in the eastbound express lanes of Palatine Road west of Wolf Road near Wheeling and Prospect Heights. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Wheeling and Prospect Heights responded about 5:09 a.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021 to a report of a wrong way crash with injuries on Palatine Road just west of Wolf Road near the border of Prospect Height and Wheeling.




Police were on the scene first and reported a paramedic was on the scene triaging patients involved in a wrong way crash. A minivan was fully-involved with fire, and two other vehicles were also involved in the crash.

All three drivers were able to get out of their vehicles before firefighters arrived. Firefighters extinguished the fire in the minivan, which was also severely damaged. All of the drivers refused medical transportation to a nearby hospital.




Apparently, the driver of the minivan was westbound in the eastbound express lanes of Palatine Road just west of Wolf Road and near the railroad bridge. Apparently two cars veered to the right and were possibly hit by the wrong way minivan and the retaining wall.

After the driver of the minivan passed the two cars, he apparently hit the retaining wall at high speed, causing the severe damage to the front end of the minivan and the eventual fully-engulfed fire.

The adult male driver of the minivan was arrested after Wheeling police administered a field sobriety test. He was handcuffed and taken into custody. His walk to the waiting police vehicle took him past his destroyed minivan.

Wrong way driver is led in handcuffs past the destroyed and burned up minivan he was allegedly driving the westbound in the eastbound lanes of Palatine Road Saturday, May 1, 2021
Wrong way driver is led in handcuffs past the destroyed and burned up minivan he was allegedly driving the westbound in the eastbound lanes of Palatine Road Saturday, May 1, 2021.
Minivan driven by wrong way driver burning in eastbound express lanes of Palatine Road west of Wolf Road (PHOTO CREDIT: Prospect Heights Fire Protection District).
Minivan driven by wrong way driver burning in eastbound express lanes of Palatine Road west of Wolf Road (PHOTO CREDIT: Prospect Heights Fire Protection District).
Two vehicles hit by wrong way driver vehicle (PHOTO CREDIT: Prospect Heights Fire Protection District)
Two vehicles hit by wrong way driver vehicle (PHOTO CREDIT: Prospect Heights Fire Protection District).
One of the vehicles hit by wrong way driver vehicle (PHOTO CREDIT: Prospect Heights Fire Protection District)
One of the vehicles hit by wrong way driver vehicle (PHOTO CREDIT: Prospect Heights Fire Protection District).
A Wheeling Fire Department probationary firefighter washes down a minivan after it was fully involved with fire in a WRONG WAY crash.
Firefighter E-23: A Wheeling Fire Department probationary firefighter washes down a minivan after it was fully involved with fire in a WRONG WAY crash.




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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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