Witness: High-Speed Pin-In Crash at Northwest Highway Involved Wrong-Way Driver

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High-speed crash with extrication Northwest Highway and Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights. YouTube Tips ⓘ

A military serviceperson at the scene of a high-speed crash Sunday morning, October 30, 2022 at Northwest Highway and Arlington Heights Road said he witnessed the driver of a white Nissan traveling southbound an estimated 70 to 80 MPH on the wrong side of Arlington Heights Road before striking a gray Toyota. Another witness was overheard telling police the driver of the Toyota was traveling westbound on Northwest Highway before the driver’s Toyota was hit by the Nissan.

The crash occurred on the north side of the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Northwest Highway. The force of the crash caused each vehicle to lose a wheel at the point of impact. The position of the Toyota and/or the direction the Toyota was traveling was not confirmed.




An attempt by CARDINAL NEWS to acquire a copy of a security video failed when a spokesperson for a dental office located near the intersection did not follow-up on a request from CARDINAL NEWS for a possible video clip of the crash or wrong-way driver. Also, there was no verification from the business on whether their security video captured the passing Nissan or the crash and crash scene. The security camera might have captured an image of the Nissan traveling past the office front door.

Police were given several witness accounts of the crash at the scene. It is unknown whether police attempted to secure any video from nearby businesses to confirm whether the Nissan driver was a wrong-way driver just before the crash.

On Sunday there was no explanation why the driver of the Nissan was speeding down Arlington Heights Road.




Bystanders were curious about another occurrence at the crash scene. A person drove by the crash scene in a black Infiniti sedan with no right front tire, and generated a loud scraping noise on the pavement from contact with the metal wheel rim. While rescuers were tending to operations at the crash scene, a speeding driver in a black Infiniti sedan arrived north of the scene from southbound Arlington Heights Road and quickly turned right to westbound Northwest Highway, and then turned left from the middle lane instead of the left turn lane to southbound Evergreen Avenue. The driver was traveling on the metal wheel rim of the right front wheel, and continued out of sight while southbound on Evergreen Avenue.

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The driver of a black Infiniti with no right, front tire drives by the crash scene. YouTube Tips ⓘ




Police, firefighters and paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 7:34 a.m. Sunday, October 30, 2022 to a report of the crash with injuries and entrapment at Arlington Heights Road and Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights.

Police, firefighters and paramedics on arrival discovered two vehicles with severe damage and a male driver in each passenger vehicle.

The driver of a white Nissan was seriously injured and needed to be extricated from the vehicle. The driver of a Nissan was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with possible life-threatening injuries, and was later considered stable.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights as a precaution.




Extrication after a high-speed crash involving two vehicles at Arlington Heights Road and Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights  about 7:34 a.m., Sunday, October 30, 2022
Extrication after a high-speed crash involving two vehicles at Arlington Heights Road and Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights about 7:34 a.m., Sunday, October 30, 2022.

The driver of the Nissan lost control of his vehicle after the severe crash impact, and skidded into the tower of an overhead railroad signal. The impact sheared off the tower at the base, and the Nissan stopped on the railroad tracks. The second impact with the railroad signal tower resulted in the Nissan having severed damage on two sides of the vehicle.

Metra was immediately notified by police and/or fire authorities at the scene to stop train traffic in Arlington Heights.

Union Pacific personnel arrived immediately and worked on repairs into Sunday afternoon.

White Nissan towed off railroad tracks after extrication crash US-14 and Arlington Heights Road on Sunday, October 30, 2022
White Nissan towed off railroad tracks after extrication crash US-14 and Arlington Heights Road on Sunday, October 30, 2022.




During rescue operations, both Arlington Heights Road and Northwest Highway were closed in both directions near the crash scene. Northwest Highway was closed between Pine Avenue and Evergreen Avenue, and Arlington Heights Road was closed between Northwest Highway and Sigwalt Street.

During repairs by Union Pacific personnel, Arlington Heights Road was closed between Northwest Highway and Sigwalt Street. Northwest Highway was open, but there were traffic delays as traffic on Northwest Highway was not allowed to cross the railroad tracks at Arlington Heights Road.

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