Last week, a collision on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway injured six people seriously and left another dead. The vehicle involved was a limousine carrying six passengers.
According to authorities, the accident happened at approximately 7:15 a.m. as the limo was headed east on I-90 west of Route 25.
Elgin Assistant Fire Chief did not offer a reason for the crash, saying only that it rolled over in a section of highway where there are three lanes and a barrier median.
A Master Sgt. with the Illinois State Police stated that the injuries were serious, with two people requiring extrication and the other five were out of the limo. All six passengers and the limo driver were transported to local hospitals.
While police did not release the name of the deceased person, the assistant fire chief confirmed that the one who died was a back seat passenger. There were three women and four men in the limo; all appeared to be middle-aged, the assistant chief said.
Three survivors were in serious condition and the other three were in critical condition. All but one were admitted to Elgin's Advocate Sherman Hospital; the seventh went to St. Alexius Medical Center located in Hoffman Estates.
An off-duty paramedic and fireman from Streamwood was headed east on I-90 saw the limousine several cars ahead slam head-on into the construction median before flipping over onto its roof.
The firefighter was able to put out a fire in the engine with the help of a construction worker near the crash site. The driver alerted the rescuers that people were in the back of the vehicle. The firefighter smashed windows to get the people inside free of the wreckage.
In similar circumstances, where guest passengers are injured in an single-car collision involving a for-hire vehicle, filing a civil suit against the driver and company may be necessary to recover damages.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "1 dead, 6 injured when limo crashes on tollway near Elgin," Angie Leventis Lourgos and Gloria Casas, March 26, 2016