Five hurt in crash on westbound Interstate 90 between Arlington Heights Road and Route 53 late Friday morning, May 6, 2022. YouTube Tips ⓘ
Illinois State Police and firefighters and paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 10:10 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2022 to a report of a serious crash with entrapment on westbound I-90 near Meacham Road in Schaumburg. However, the actual crash was on westbound I-90 at least one-quarter mile east of Route 53. Meacham Road is located about 1.5 mile west of where the actual crash was located. Illinois State Police may have had a report of the correct location before firefighters. Illinois State Police dispatch reported the Traffic Center had a camera on the actual crash at Mile Marker 68.9 I-90 WEST. The traffic camera report indicated a box truck was on the left and another vehicle was in Lane 4 with debris across all local lanes.
Police, firefighters and paramedics received a report that a person was trapped in a minivan after a crash with a truck. There was an immediate update that the person trapped in the minivan got out of the minivan on their own.
Arlington Heights firefighters and paramedics, responding to the incorrectly assigned location, passed the crash in heavy traffic. Rolling Meadows firefighters entered westbound I-90 at Route 53 near Arbor Drive, expecting to find a crash at Meacham Road. The west end of the actual crash location was at least 4600 feet behind them — east of the entrance ramp from southbound Route 53 to westbound I-90. At 10:18 a.m. when Arlington Heights firefighters were told they had passed the crash, firefighters were already located near their assignment at Meacham Road where there was no crash. They checked all the way to Roselle Road to make sure there was no crash near Meacham Road and turned around to go eastbound on I-90. The correct location of the crash was confirmed at 10:21 a.m. on fire radio communications as firefighters and paramedics approached the actual scene. Two additional ambulances were dispatched at 10:23 a.m. when firefighters and paramedics discovered there were several injured crash victims at the scene of a crash involving a Peterbilt box truck and a silver Honda Odyssey minivan.
A fourth ambulance was dispatched at 10:26 a.m. A fifth ambulance was dispatched at 10:28 a.m. Four of the ambulances were positioned near the minivan — two from Arlington Heights, one from Elk Grove Village, and one from Mount Prospect. A Rolling Meadows Fire Department ambulance and a Mount Prospect fire engine were positioned near the crashed Peterbilt truck. The Honda minivan, on the right shoulder was located almost one-quarter mile west of the Peterbilt box truck, which was located near the left shoulder. There was one radio report that placed the truck west of the minivan, but that was apparently a mistaken message.
A Rolling Meadows Fire Department ladder truck crew provided a traffic safety block for the scene near the Honda minivan location.
Three patients were triaged Code Yellow, and two patients were triaged Code Green. Crash victims were transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, AMITA Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, and AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates.
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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