No serious injuries in Oak Park rollover crash

Driver allegedly ran red light at Ridgeland and South Blvd.


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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

No one was seriously injured during a rollover crash at the intersection of Ridgeland Avenue and South Boulevard in Oak Park on the morning of Sept. 20, but traffic was disrupted for more than an hour as police and firefighters cleared the scene and investigated the incident.

The crash took place during the morning rush hour, about 7 a.m. According to David Powers, Oak Park's communications director, investigators determined that a driver traveling south on Ridgeland Avenue failed to obey a red light, striking a westbound vehicle containing two people on South Boulevard. The impact of the crash rolled the struck vehicle onto its side.

Asked for more detail on the incident on Sept. 23, police Commander Shatonya Johnson declined to release any information on the people or vehicles involved in the crash. Wednesday Journal has filed a Freedom of Information request to obtain the information.

Firefighters had to remove the roof of the vehicle struck by the southbound car in order to extricate one of the victims. The other appeared to be able to exit the vehicle through a window and walk to a waiting ambulance.

The two people in the victim vehicle and the driver of the vehicle that allegedly ran the red light were taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital, where they were treated and released, Powers said.

The driver of the southbound vehicle received a citation for disobeying a traffic signal. The driver of the westbound vehicle was ticketed for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

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