5 Critically Hurt in Chain Reaction Crash on Edens - NBC Chicago

5 Critically Hurt in Chain Reaction Crash on Edens



    5 Critically Hurt in Chain Reaction Crash on Edens

    At least five people suffered life-threatening injuries after a semi-truck failed to stop and crashed into several vehicles on Interstate 94 Sunday afternoon. 

    According to police, the vehicles were stopped because of heavy traffic on the roadway. The semi-trailer, driven by 23-year-odl Jeffrie Baker of Chicago, failed to yield to the traffic, slamming into multiple cars. 

    Police say that a total of four cars were involved in the collision with the semi. A Black Kia Sportage, driven by 36-year-old Robert Mendez, was struck, and Mendez was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, along with passenger Sara Vargas, according to police. 

    Another vehicle, a Honda Odyssey van, was also struck, and three occupants of the vehicle, including a 13-year-old girl, were taken to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries. 

    The occupants of two other vehicles, a Toyota Highlander and a blue Nissan van, managed to escape serious injury, according to police. 

    The driver of the semi-truck was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to authorities. All lanes on the Eastbound Edens have been re-opened. 

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