Illinois DUI accident injures 4 in northern suburbs of Chicago

Criminal charges have been filed against an driver that allegedly caused a Chicago area DUI car crash involving for vehicles, according to the Northbrook Star. The collision took place on Wednesday at 4:45 PM on the Edens spur ramp near Northbrook and left the at fault driver and three others injured.

There was a traffic backup on the expressway and the motorist, who was driving a red 1999 Honda Accord, was reportedly speeding and did not stop. He rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, causing a chain reaction crash involving four vehicles in total.

The occupants of the vehicle initially rear-ended were the most seriously injured. The driver sustained a spinal fracture and the passenger has a ruptured spleen. Both were taken by ambulance to Evanston Hospital.

The at fault driver was also seriously injured and taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Another driver involved was also injured and taken to Highland Park Hospital.

The defendant, a 24-year-old Chicago resident, has now been charged with DUI drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Seven ambulances went to the scene of the accident, and a flight for life helicopter was on standby but not used. Firefighters from Northbrook, Glenview, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park and Skokie all responded to the accident.

The Illinois State Police handled the accident investigation.

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