A Lake Forest fire engine was hit by a Ford Mustang when the driver of the Ford Mustang was driving too fast for conditions Sunday morning, November 26, 2023. The fire engine was parked to protect a previous crash scene when it was hit. Before the crash into the stationary fire engine, Lake Forest firefighters had responded with a fire engine and an ambulance to a single-vehicle crash that occurred during snowy conditions on Route 41 near Gage Lane south of Route 176 in Lake Forest.
Light snow, fog and mist were observed in the area from about 3:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2023. A Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service Chicago office (activated 2:48 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday) was issued for Cook, DuPage and Will counties but not for Lake County Illinois
Police, firefighters, and paramedics from Lake Forest responded about 8:44 a.m. Sunday, November 26, 2023 to a report of a single-vehicle crash on northbound Route 41 near Gage Lane in Lake Forest. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a single vehicle crash into trees off the roadway. Upon arrival of Lake Forest Fire Department crews, the crashed vehicle was observed with moderate damage.
A few minutes later firefighters reported no injuries, and were standing by at the scene. At about 9:02 a.m. firefighters remaining on scene reported that Engine 421 was hit by a vehicle. Fortunately, no injuries occurred during the secondary crash either.
Lake Forest Fire Department provided information that Fire Engine 421 was positioned to act as a protective barrier for the crash victims and emergency responders working at the initial accident. According to Lake Forest Fire Department, Engine 421 was struck by a vehicle while the driver was passing at an unsafe speed. Lake Forest Fire Department released two photos of the crash scene.
The blue Ford Mustang sustained moderate to heavy front-end damage. The damage to the fire engine was not described by the fire department.
About 2.3 miles away at about 10:29 a.m., a third crash with injuries occurred on southbound Route 41 at Westleigh Road.
Initially, there was no information available regarding whether the driver of the Ford Mustang was cited with a Scott’s Law (Move Over Law) violation.
The information in this article is an early report published before completely summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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