Seven people were injured, including a young boy who was seriously hurt, in a three-vehicle traffic crash in the Brighton Park neighborhood this morning, authorities said.
The crash about 11:20 a.m. happened near 43rd Street and Western Avenue, according to the Chicago Fire Department media office. Both the seriously injured boy's mother and another driver--the one who is believed to have caused the crash--were expected to receive citations in the accident, police said.
Seven people were taken to the hospital following the crash, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
One boy was taken to a hospital in serious-to-critical condition, while an 8-year-old was taken to a hospital in fair-to-serious condition, according to the Fire Department. Five adults also were taken to hospitals in fair-to-serious condition.
The seriously injured boy, who police said was 11 years old, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, said Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. The others hurt in the crash did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Mirabelli said.
A woman in her 20s was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan south on Western Avenue, when she tried to make a left turn to head east on 43rd Street and crossed in front of oncoming traffic improperly, Mirabelli said. The van and a 1994 Chrysler LHS sedan that was headed north collided, injuring the 11-year-old boy, who was a passenger in the Chrysler's back seat, as well as five others in the car, and the driver of the van.
The Chrysler then hit a 1997 Ford Winstar that was heading west on 43rd Street, but a man and woman, both in their 60s, who were in that vehicle, later declined to be taken to a hospital.
The driver of the Dodge was expected to be cited with making an improper left turn. The 11-year-old's mother was cited for driving with a suspended license and having no insurance.