Police and firefighter/paramedics from Winnetka responded about 7:23 p.m. Monday, December 13, 2021 to a report of crash with injuries at Willow Road and Hibbard Road in Winnetka. Police, firefighters, and paramedics received a report of a crashed vehicle fully involved with fire with people trapped inside the vehicle. A second ambulance was dispatched by 7:26 p.m. A third ambulance was dispatched by 7:30 p.m.
Fire command reported two vehicles involved in the crash with entrapment, and the fire knocked by 7:32 p.m. CPR and Advanced Life Support was administered to one of the patients at the scene.
One patient was transported to Evanston Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Darlene Kerby, age 61, of Berkeley, was pronounced dead shortly after 8:00 p.m. Monday. A second patient was transported to NorthShore Skokie Hospital. Possibly, a third patient was transported to an undisclosed hospital (not confirmed).
The head-on crash was located on Willow Road just west of Hibbard Road.
An extended crash investigation was ongoing late Monday night. The traffic crash is being investigated by the Winnetka Police Department and the Major Case Assistance Team – North Regional Task Force (NORTAF) Team.
Willow Road was closed between Forest Way and Auburn Avenue. Hibbard Road was closed between Ash Street and Sunset Road.
The crash was also reported on Waze.
The information in this article is an early report published before any complete summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
DEVELOPING IF CONTENT IS AVAILABLE …
Stay informed with news from The Cardinal’s Emergencies Behind the Scenes Facebook page — Facebook.com/CardinalEmergencies. Includes links to favorite public safety and emergency rescuers and product manufacturers and safety companies that have facebook pages. Submit your pictures or just stay up-to-date on with fire, rescue, EMS and police photo galleries. Please add your public safety photo to the wall album — go direct to the Arlington Cardinal Emergencies Behind the Scenes photos. For a list of all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages, go to Arlingtoncardinal.com/about/facebook …
Help fund The Cardinal Arlingtoncardinal.com/sponsor