Illinois State Police, Northbrook police and firefighters and paramedics from Northbrook, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, and Deerfield responded about 2:36 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2022 to a report of a crash with injuries in southbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) lanes near Mile Marker 50 between Northbrook and Forest Preserves of Cook County Dam No. 1 Woods. The crash location was updated to the southbound Tri-State at Mile Marker 50.5, which is about half way between Dundee Road and Willow Road. The crash involved extrication.
Upon arrival of police, firefighters and paramedics, CPR was already being administered on one child at a scene where a black Dodge Durango was split in half in a crash with a semi-trailer truck. Three children suffered life-threatening injuries in the Dodge Durango. The children were transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
CPR was administered to a child at the scene, and firefighter/paramedics took over medical treatment with CPR and Advanced Life Support. The child was observed with Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) before transport to the hospital. In addition to firefighters and paramedics from Northbrook, firefighters and paramedics from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods and Deerfield-Bannockburn fire protection districts were also assigned to the scene.
All southbound lanes were blocked by crashed vehicles and crash debris. Another vehicle at the scene may have hit the Dodge Durango before the Dodge Durango crashed with the semi-trailer truck. An Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Officer was assigned to investigate the crash and determine the number of vehicles involved in the crash. The on-scene investigation lasted until about 6:30 p.m. when the southbound lanes were re-opened. Northbound lanes remain opened, except for left lanes that were temporarily closed while emergency vehicles were located on the northbound side for a short time. The crash investigation is continuing off-scene.
Tollway emergency maintenance trucks and crews were also on the scene to assist with traffic control and crash debris cleanup.
Visibility was very poor at the time of the crash and during the investigation due to heavy rain.
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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