Posted On: June 26, 2009

Chicago Car Accident Kills Two; Injures Three Others

An early morning Chicago car accident has left one dead and three others injured in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood. The fatal car accident occurred at the corner of Jackson St. and California Ave. around 3:30 a.m. this morning. According to reports, the collision left a maroon and gray southbound van flipped onto its roof. An unidentified sports utility vehicle was also left smoldering in the middle of the intersection following the car accident. The car was too damaged to be identified.

According to Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Larry Langford, the injured individuals were transported to Stroger Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital. The three injured victims were reportedly in serious to critical condition. The deceased individual, who was the driver of the SUV, was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances surrounding the car crash are still under investigation.

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Posted On: June 22, 2009

Illinois Woman Killed in Freight Train Accident

A Rockford, IL, woman was killed last Friday when a freight train derailed setting off a dangerous explosion. According to reports, the tragic train accident occurred at a rural Cherry Valley, IL, train intersection around 9 p.m. on Friday night. The train was heading from Freeport to Chicago when the derailment occurred. According to Canadian National Railway Company officials, the train comprised 18 cars loaded with ethanol. The train derailed as it was approaching the Cherry Valley intersection. Zoila Tellez of Rockford, IL, was killed trying to flee the intersection once the train derailed according to the Winnebago County Coroner. Three passengers were able to survive the flaming accident. A 17 year old girl injured in the accident was listed in critical but stable condition at the burn unit of Chicago’s Stroger Hospital.

Investigators have determined that there was high water along the tracks where the freight train derailed. The role that the rainwater played in the crash remains under investigation according to Robert Sumwaldt of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB says that it could take up to a year to indentify the cause of the train accident. The agency is presently looking for witnesses that might have observed the train accident for interviews.

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Posted On: June 16, 2009

Teenager Killed in Chicago Area DUI Car Accident

A fatal suburban Chicago DUI car accident claimed the life of a West Chicago teenager and injured two others last Sunday morning in St. Charles, IL. The single vehicle car accident occurred on the East Side of St. Charles in the 3100 block of Royal Fox Drive around 3:22 a.m. According to investigators from the St. Charles Police Department, a 2005 Ford Explorer was travelling south on Royal Fox Drive when it lost control and went off the road colliding with two trees. Accident responders had to use extrication tools to remove all four passengers from the vehicle. The accident claimed the life of 18 year-old Cameron Godee of West Chicago, IL, who was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 18 year old Onofrio Lorusso of the 4N000 block of Honey Hill Circle in Wayne, IL, was cited with driving under the influence, unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He was taken to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, IL, with undisclosed injuries. Criminal charges may still be levied against Lorusso.

The vehicle also carried two back seat passengers which were injured in the car accident. A 16 year old boy was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL, and a 17 year-old girl was taken to Delnor and then to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. The extent of the two backseat passengers’ injuries remain undisclosed. The Kane County Accident Reconstruction Team is currently investigating the accident and has named alcohol use as a contributing factor.

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Posted On: June 10, 2009

South Side Chicago Car Accident Results in One Death and Two Injuries

A tragic south side Chicago car accident left one dead and two others hurt early last Sunday. The Chicago car accident occurred on the 300 block of East 61st St. around 12:45 a.m. According to Chicago police, the victims were injured when the Pontiac that they were driving in struck a light pole. The car accident claimed the life of Ulysses Washup, a 28 year old resident of the 6300 block of South Maplewood Avenue. Washup, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was subsequently pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital. The driver and the second passenger were also taken to Stroger Hospital where they were reportedly listed in critical and stable condition respectively.

The 18 year old driver of the vehicle was issued traffic citations for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without insurance, driving without a license, negligent driving and carrying a passenger in the vehicle without a seatbelt. It remains unclear whether Washup was the one who was not wearing a seat belt.

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Posted On: June 5, 2009

Chicago Riverwalk Gas Explosion Injures Four

A propane gas explosion left four injured at an outdoor Chicago café last Wednesday. The accident occurred at Cyrano’s Café, a restaurant located on the Chicago Riverwalk between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. According to the owner of the café, the explosion occurred as cooks were preparing the kitchen for the day. Two of the cooks were injured while working at the Chicago restaurant.

The Chicago Fire Department issued a citation to the downtown Chicago restaurant for several fire code violations. According to spokesman Larry Langford, the restaurant was cited for improper installation of lines and valves on the grill, no certification of installer, improper placement of liquid propane gas tanks and a lack of proper fire suppression or extinguishers for restaurant use. The fire code further requires the restaurant to maintain two 20-pound fire extinguishers designed to put out kitchen fires. A serviceman for AmeriGas attributed the explosion to a minor gas leak in the propane tank. The tank has been repaired.

One victim of the Chicago accident was listed in critical condition while three others were in fair to serious condition. All four were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital via fire ambulance according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Quention Curtis. Four other individuals that were slightly injured in the accident declined treatment.

The cooks that were injured in the explosion may have a workers’ compensation claim. Work related injuries are generally covered by the Illinois Workers Compensation Act.

Posted On: June 1, 2009

Chicago Car Accident Leaves One Dead, another Injured

A deadly rollover Illinois car accident resulted in one death and one injury yesterday morning on Chicago’s west side. The tragic car accident occurred at the 3900 block of West Division in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago around 7:30 a.m. According to Chicago Police Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti, a 2002 Nissan XTerra travelling eastbound on Division Street went through a red light at the intersection of Pulaski and Division. The car struck the rear of a 2005 Ford Taurus that was heading north on Pulaski. The driver of the Xterra lost control of his vehicle causing it to hit a pole and roll over.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Chicago car accident caused the death of Francisco Delgado of the 1800 block of West Erie Street. Delgado was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center around 8:14 a.m. He was a passenger in the XTerra at the time of the car crash. The driver of that vehicle was taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center in critical condition according to a Chicago Fire Department Spokesman. The female driver of the Taurus was treated for minor injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital. Police investigating the accident said that charges are pending against the driver of the XTerra. It is unclear whether or not drinking played a role in the Chicago car accident.

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