Many callers reported a multi-vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer in the westbound express lands of Palatine Road around 5:50PM on Thursday. Prospect Heights and Wheeling Fire Departments were dispatched to the area and located six cars and the semi strewn about the express lanes just east of Wheeling Road. Prospect Heights Engine 39 was the closest engine but could not enter the highway as there was solid traffic with no shoulder. All companies had to use the one-way frontage road or come the wrong way down the expressway.
Two patients had to be extricated from their vehicles. A total of five ambulances were sent to the scene to evaluate the drivers, but only three ambulances transported patients to area hospitals. Many of the drivers and occupants refused treatment on the scene. Along with the five ambulances, two battalion chiefs, one truck, one squad, and three engines were dispatched. Multiple hydraulic tools were put to work.
The westbound lanes remained closed well into the night as the accident investigation team worked the scene.
Larry Shapiro and Tim Olk were both at the scene and have images which will be posted in separate articles.