7 people rushed to hospital after crash on DuSable Lake Shore Drive near North Avenue – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – Seven people – including four children – were rushed to hospital Sunday afternoon in an accident on DuSable Lake Shore Drive on the Gold Coast.

As reported by CBS 2’s Steven Graves, the crash happened on the northbound promenade just south of North Avenue at around 6:25 p.m.

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At least one child and an adult were seriously injured, according to Chicago firefighters. Meanwhile, a neighbor said the crash was unlike anything he had seen or heard before.

Siren sounds were heard as police cars, ambulances and fire trucks accelerated DuSable Lake Shore Drive – stopping traffic for the serious crash.

“You would very rarely see all the cars stop – stop right there,” said Abhishek Srivastiva.

The Citizen app video and several tweets showed the traffic saving.

Srivastiva was one of many Gold Coast residents watching and listening from their apartment window,
near the LaSalle Drive exit just north of North Avenue.

“There was this deep thud,” Srivastiva said.

And that was the type of sound where he knew something was wrong.

“I’ve lived here long enough to know the sounds of Lake Shore Drive, and it was just a different sound,” Srivastiva said.

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He went out to witness the aftermath along with a crowd of neighbors.

“Just shocked, because honestly anyone who lives here has never seen this happen before,” Srivastiva said.

Chicago Police said three vehicles were involved. They said one Dodge crashed into another, and one of them then hit a Lexus.

Our cameras captured teams towing two vehicles about an hour after the crash, including a sport utility vehicle that appeared to be crossed, on the side of oncoming traffic.

We know that paramedics transported seven people to nearby hospitals. Two were almost killed, including a child.

Three other children were injured but are expected to recover. The children were all taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital.

A total of three adults were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“This thing really makes you feel the people who are hurt,” Srivastiva said.

It was not clear on Sunday night whether speed was a factor, whether children or adults were securely strapped in.

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Police were investigating Sunday evening.


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