CHICAGO (CBS) – Police closed Lake Cook Road in both directions between Wilke Road and Route 53 after a crash sent a landscaping truck onto the sidewalk and into a cyclist.
Chopper 2 spotted the truck on the sidewalk – spilling a lot of dirt as it skidded down the road. The bike is located just under the driver’s side of the truck.
Preliminary witness information and other physical evidence indicates that a 2011 Ford F550 was traveling eastbound on Lake Cook Road as it approached the intersection on North Wilke Road when a white 2019 Chevrolet Equinox swerved left turn from Lake Cook Road heading west to head south on North Wilke Road. The vehicles collided at the intersection.
The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox turned around and stayed in the eastbound traffic lanes while the 2011 Ford F550 left the road to the southeast and slammed into the cyclist.
The cyclist, a 43-year-old woman from unincorporated Arlington Heights, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Lutheran General Hospital.
The driver of the Chevrolet was transported by Palatine Fire Department paramedics to Northwest Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford and his passenger emerged unscathed from the accident.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Department and the Buffalo Grove Police Department are helping Arlington Heights police divert traffic around the crash scene.
The public is advised to avoid Lake Cook Road between Route 53 and Arlington Heights Road.
The accident is still under investigation