Abels & Annes

Chicago car accident – 5 firefighters & 2 civilians injured

On the South Side of Chicago, five firefighters and two others were injured when a vehicle and a fire truck collided on Saturday around 5 p.m., according to the Chicago Breaking News Center. The car crash occurred at 67th Street and Jeffery Avenue as the Chicago Fire Department engine was responding to an alarm on South Brandon Avenue.

The fire truck was eastbound on 67th when it was reportedly hit by a car. The engine then hit a pole.

5 firefighters were injured and taken by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Trinity Hospital, and Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. One was in serious-to-critical condition.

The male driver and female passenger of the other vehicle were taken to Northwestern, and the passenger is in critical condition. The driver, a Chicago resident, was ticketed by the Chicago Police Department for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, no insurance and damage to city property.

In this type of case, hopefully the injured passenger has an auto insurance policy of her own, as it appears the driver of her car was uninsured. If insured, the passenger can make an uninsured motorist claim against her own policy. The Chicago car accident lawyer that represents her will also take a close look at the police report and interview witnesses to see if there is any liability on the part of the fire department.

Also see the story as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, and see ABC News for an accident photo.