Wind knocks tree branch over car on Lake Shore Drive, causing mile-long back-up


Traffic on Lake Shore Drive was at a standstill Friday afternoon after wind blew a tree branch over at least one car near North Avenue, sending one person to the hospital.

City firefighters and forestry personnel were cutting down the tree in the northbound lanes in an attempt to remove it, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

“The tree fell in the wind. He made a nice slice on the trunk of the tree. Half fell,” Langford said.

The tree hit at least one car, he said. Another car was damaged but it may have hit the other car.

Three people involved in the accident refused treatment, while one person was taken to Masonic Medical Center in Illinois in good condition, Langford said.

Traffic was moving in one lane after the crash.

Winds were blowing at 35 mph at O’Hare Airport Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A high wave warning closed most Chicago beaches to swimming on the first day they reopened since closing more than a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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