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14 hurt, 12 of them children, on major Chicago highway

Bryan Alaspa's picture

An accident on Sunday afternoon on a major Chicago thoroughfare, known locally as the Eisenhower Expressway, injured 14 people. Twelve of the people injured were children. In the accident an SUV flipped over and it was an SUV filled with children and two adults. Nine of those injured are reported in serious condition. The Eisenhower Expressway runs from downtown Chicago out to the Western suburbs.

One vehicle accident

According to authorities, it was unclear exactly what happened and why the SUV flipped over. Apparently there was only one vehicle involved and the driver of the SUV was not cut off by another driver. The incident happened on the westbound Eisenhower at about 1:15 p.m.

According to emergency responders nine of the 12 children were injured seriously. Three of the children were in fair condition at a local hospital. The two adults were also listed in serious condition.

The injured were taken to the Children’s Memorial Hospital, the John G. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Mount Sinai Hosppital. As of this afternoon there were no official reports of how many of the victims were taken to each hospital.

The accident tied up traffic for several hours. At 1:50 p.m., the highway was still closed and emergency vehicles were still reported headed toward the accident site. The injured were also still at the scene, at that time, being attended by emergency workers.

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