Lake County, Illinois auto accident serves as reminder that winter driving conditions are back

Trib Local in Gurnee is reporting that an Illinois car crash involving multiple vehicles may have been caused by an icy bridge on Monday morning in Lake County. Some involved in the crash were seriously injured.

The accident took place around 6:30 AM the area of Knight Street and Belvedere Road in Park City. How the crash occurred, the specific injuries, and/or the number of people involved has not been reported.

The Park City Police Department and the Gurnee Fire Department (who covers Park City) responded to the accident. Gurnee fire sent three ambulances. The Gurnee Police Department also assisted and the North Chicago and Waukegan fire departments sent additional ambulances.

Multiple vehicles were involved and one person had to be extricated from a car. That person was reportedly in critical condition and taken by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Lake County.

Fire department officials indicated that ice on the bridge deck created issues in the morning rush-hour.

While there is no snow on the ground yet, overnight temperatures have already dropped down to winter temperatures. There were several reports of black ice on roadways in the Chicago area Monday morning. Chicago motorists need to start exercising due care for winter conditions.

As far as a civil case is concerned, icy road conditions is not a defense to liability. Drivers have to travel at a speed that is safe for the weather conditions on the highway.