An Illinois pedestrian accident on Saturday in the Gold Coast neighborhood has resulted in several pedestrians getting hurt, including a toddler and some models in a wedding photo shoot, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The crash occurred when a city worker lost control of a truck.
The child, age 2, only suffered none-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital. Six other pedestrians were hit, and unfortunately 2 were critically injured. One of the critically injured was the toddler’s caretaker. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The incident took place around 12:20 p.m. at the three-way intersection of Cedar, Rush and State Streets. An employee of the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation was driving a city owned white Ford F150 pickup truck when he lost control and drove onto the sidewalk, hitting the pedestrians on the southeast corner.
It is not known what caused the driver to lose control, but he was on duty at the time of the accident. He was emptying trash baskets and picking up liter in the area.
Some of the injured were taken to Northwestern, and others were taken to Illinois Masonic.
It has not been said if a Chicago injury lawyer is involved in the case yet.
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STORY UPDATE: 5/23/11 – It is now being reported by the Chicago breaking news center that the city driver has been charged with DUI and other offenses. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.