Seven people were injured, one fatally, when a limousine hit a concrete barrier and rolled onto its roof Friday morning on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near northwest suburban Hoffman Estates.
The single-vehicle crash occurred about 7:10 a.m. on eastbound I-90 near Mile Post 55, just east of the Fox River near Hoffman Estates, according to Illinois State Police.
The white 1998 Lincoln Town Car limousine was in the far left lane when the driver was apparently blinded by the sun, according to ISP.
“The driver was unable to see the traffic lane pattern and struck the end of the jay wall, which caused the limousine to roll over,” a statement from police said.
Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find the limo on its roof with two patients inside and five who had already gotten out and were walking around, according to a statement from the Elgin Fire Department. An off-duty Streamwood paramedic who had been driving in the area was providing medical care to the injured,
Four of the patients were initially listed in critical condition and three were serious. Six of them were taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin and one to St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates by Elgin, Hoffman Estates and East Dundee ambulances.
One of those taken to Sherman Hospital later died there, according to the fire department.
All of those injured were Wisconsin residents: the 20-year-old male driver from Janesville; a 53-year-old man and 59-year-old woman from Monona; a 61-year-old woman and 64-year-old man from Verona; and two men, ages 53 and 45, from Fitchburg; according to ISP. It was not immediately known which of them was killed.
The two far left lanes on I-90 eastbound were shut down for several hours, but had reopened by 11:15 a.m., ISP said.