The three-car accident injured nine motorists Saturday night on the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) on the city’s South Side, according to Illinois State Police. The crash happened about 10 p.m. near 130th Street when a vehicle struck another vehicle in the northbound lanes. The second vehicle collided with a third vehicle before being pushed into a ditch with five motorists inside.
The vehicle that started the accident fled the scene. No one was taken to the hospital in the third vehicle; four people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Among the passengers in the car forced into the ditch: One person was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious to critical condition; two were taken to Metro South Medical Center and one was transported to Roseland Community Hospital.
Elsewhere over the weekend, an Illinois motorcycle accident claimed the life of a rider in Will County. The accident happened on Center Point Drive in Elmwood when the motorcycle veered off the roadway and crashed shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday. The rider was taken to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, where he was pronounced dead.
Police responded to the crash at First and Forest avenues at about 1:30 p.m. Police found a heavily damaged 2001 Chevy Impala sitting in the intersection and a semi sitting in a nearby wooded area. A 92-year old passenger in the Impala was transported to Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, where she was pronounced dead. Several other occupants were also transported to the hospital.
Cause of the accident remains under investigation.