5 Hurt in Series of Traffic Accidents; Man Revived After 4-Vehicle Crash

A four-vehicle accident at 159th Street and Oak Park Avenue injured three people Monday, including a man who was initially thought dead but revived at the hospital. Two other people were hurt in an two-car crash at 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue.

UPDATED: 2:41 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15

Three people were injured Monday morning after a four-vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of 159th Street and Oak Park Avenue, including a man who was initially thought dead but later resuscitated at the hospital, a Tinley Park Police Department official said.

That crash was one of a series of accidents in the Tinley Park area that also included a two-vehicle incident at the intersection of 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue, which injured two people, said Tinley Park Police Cmdr. Pat McCain. In both cases, officials reports had not been filed, and full details were still not available, McCain added.

The man, who originally had been reported as a fatality, was still being treated at an area hospital, McCain said. His condition was unknown but was thought to still be critical, he added.

Two other people from that accident were treated at an area hospital and released, McCain said.

Investigators were still examining the scene at 159th and Oak Park to determine the cause of the accident involving three cars and a Chevrolet Astro van, McCain said.

"By the time [investigators finish], they'll have a pretty good idea of what happened," McCain said.

Police and Tinley Park Fire Department rescue crews also responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a light pole at 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue. The two people in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and one woman was taken to an area hospital and released, McCain said. The commander was unsure if the other individual was treated at the scene or brought to a hospital.

These two crashes were just part of a series of accidents that happened this morning in and around Tinley Park. Two separate accidents along I-80 that involved five vehicles brought the interstate to a standstill.

A reader also reported an accident at 159th Street and Central Avenue in Oak Forest, and an ambulance was seen driving away from the area at around 9:30 a.m. However, Oak Forest Police said there were no reports around that location this morning, only a motorist assistance call at 159th Street and Ridgeland Avenue.

Tinley Park rescue crews were responding to accident calls since 7:30 a.m., said Tinley Park Fire Department Chief Ken Dunn. He added that he wasn't sure why there were so many accidents this morning.


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Joe Vince (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM
@Danielle Abendrot and @Harry Callahan: You have an interesting debate going on (in fact, it's given me the idea about raising the questions you've brought up in a separate article), but please refrain from the name-calling. It undermines your arguments. At the very least, exchange email addresses with one another and go about lobbing your insults in private. Thanks, Joe Vince Local Editor, Tinley Park
Dave October 16, 2012 at 05:00 PM
@Jane, are you using this webpage for your facts? http://www.nophonezonenv.com/facts.htm If so read the actual quote "Brain power used while driving decreases by 40 percent when a driver listens to conversation or music. (Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University study)". No where did it single out cellphone if that is your case. The passenger next to you is just as much to blame in this "fact". The brain becomes active when in a conversation. Actually I prefer talking to someone than falling asleep at the wheel when doing 2 hour drives which I do regularly. Also statistics don't lie as many people say but then selective sampling can skew statistics. Especially if you have someone who is a advocate of a cellphone ban. Like how about all those ads you see with 9 in 10 doctors suggest this product? How come my doctor refuses, and then another doctor I know. That is 2 in 2. Using statistics to prove a point can get very dicey. I've found myself to be more dangerous of a driver when by myself on long drives than talking on a phone cause I'm actually aware of my surroundings. Maybe I have a better understanding of paying attention to the road. This is a debate that goes on within the ranks of our lawmakers and they get fed these statistics. As I mentioned before I'm a split on this. Personally I've seen less accidents involving cell phones than other issues. Maybe I'm just an outlier statistic. Same with me using the phone.
Monica October 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Harry...its "you're" when you are combining the word YOUR and ARE, as in "You're the idiot." Calling someone an idiot, in a grammatically incorrect sentence...is pretty comical. "Driver distractions have joined alcohol and speeding as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes. The National Safety Council estimates 21 percent of all crashes in 2010 involved talking on cell phones." http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Documents/Cognitive%20Distraction%20White%20Paper.pdf
Dave October 16, 2012 at 05:24 PM
NSC also says that hands free is unsafe. Well then if they decide to ban that, let's ban the kids in the backseat, the friend in the front of the car and music in the car. There has to be a compromise somewhere. I do a lot of public safety even while driving from the car. Casually talking to your friend next to you is just as dangerous because of the cognitive aspect of your conversation. As I said, statistics can and are driven to prove someone's point, especially if it is not a full population sample, and that partial sample can be manipulated. How about this explanation. Cellphones have become more common and the statistic doesn't show that the cellphone WAS the cause, just INVOLVED. Cellphones are more readily available, especially to younger drivers since they have gotten cheaper and are used for safety, too. Then there is USAGE. For example, I may not even be using my smartphone, but it is constantly sending data back and forth to the servers. I get in an accident, prove I was using the cellphone or not at the time of the accident. Looking at cellphone records will just show the data going back and forth. Now if you want to monitor/sniff/packet trace that data, that goes into privacy laws and I can think of several groups that would raise arms about having their privacy violated. As in the NSC's white paper intro, how do we know the driver would have noticed the red light if not on the cellphone (i.e. daydreaming).
Dave October 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Thank you Joe :) Name calling just lowers your reputation especially when you are trying to debate an argument.
Dave October 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Bleh, sentence fragments, forgot to read before I clicked submit. This argument is so up for debate no matter how you look at it. Both sides have valid arguments. Remember one thing that these action groups against cellphone use (handheld or hands-free) do not mention. The increased of the number of cellphones making them a higher supply to add into the statistic and there are more drivers. Remember years ago when I-294 had less lanes, and before the I-Pass system. It had less traffic issues. Then, more people got on the road, causing more traffic jams. They expanded the roadway to make more lanes and having the I-Pass to get tolls collected more smoothly. That worked for short while. Now, it's jam packed. These groups seem to neglect the other statistics of population and supply increases. I could probably write a paper on this and probably would if IL legislature tried banning all types of mobile communication devices (including radios). At least they exempted radio communication from the laws, for now. *edited to fix my few run-on and fragmented sentences*
Harry Callahan October 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Listen I made a comment on the rash of accidents that occurred on monday morning and having some knowledge of what had gone on,and blamed one distraction that drivers have and that was cell-phones,the other commentor was the one that got nasty,took one thing and added another,this isn't the first time, and others that add on things like misspelling and other wise cracks,I'm only defending myself now if you want to police go ahead thats your right,but lets be fair about it okay.Theres more than 2 people making comments on this story.But I will refrain from name calling.Thank You.
Bob Laird October 16, 2012 at 05:49 PM
It does get worse than anybody has posted here. This morning a woman drove around lowered railroad gates, killing herself and severly injuring her TWO children.
Bob Laird October 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
don't do a spellcheck on others without spellchecking yourself first. you're = you are, not your are.
Danielle Abendroth October 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
@Joe, Mr. Callahan seems to have his timeline wrong regarding who started the mudslinging as excerpted from his post at 9:31 pm last night after my original post: "Your wrong,probably your a big offender of what I said leads to many of them,yes you have exceptions,but the majority are due to carelessness,but you and others commenting are looking for excuses ,like I told one commentor go bark at the moon not me ,I didn't cause them,and you are probably the first one to sue if somebody came along a tapped your butt,then its not just a accident." At any rate, I apologize for the name calling, however when people attack my characted for expressing my opinion, which is all I did, I get a little angry, nonetheless, I digress, I was wrong to escalate to name calling, I am a better person than that.
Danielle Abendroth October 16, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Lol Monica.
Danielle Abendroth October 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Thank you Dave for backing up most of my thoughts. :-).
Monica October 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Dave, I agree with you 100%. I've always said many factors distract a driver...and cell phones are just one of them. Cell phones are just the easiest to point out, pick on, and ban. Distractions can include: Kids, an itchy butt, Sean Hannity, a DOG ON YOUR LAP (which by the way, was NOT banned recently,) my father's politcal rants, a sneeze, picking a big booger, smoking, manual transmission, no AC on a 105 degree day, hot leather seats....etc. We will never be able to curb all distracted driver accidents. To me I correlate this to to charging more for health insurance for smokers. It has been said that various unhealthy behaviors increase the costs to health care systems. Obesity is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and is associated with high medical expenditures. BUT charging smokers more is just EASY because it doesn't hurt anyones feelings....or call anyone out for being obese. When in reality, a healthy people cost more because they LIVE longer! Who knew? So technically we should be charging less for people who partake in unhealthy behaviors because they die younger. :-) (Although effective obesity prevention leads to a decrease in costs of obesity-related diseases, this decrease is offset by cost increases due to diseases unrelated to obesity in life-years gained. Obesity prevention may be an important and cost-effective way of improving public health, but it is not a cure for increasing health expenditures.)
Monica October 16, 2012 at 06:39 PM
HAHAHAHAHA! OHHHH that is coincidence at its BEST! Now its even more comical. YOU and ARE. I wasn't calling someone an idiot though. I mistyped....Harry just doesn't know the difference between your and you're. Which I normally wouldn't point out except it was in the sentence "Your an idiot." :-) ohhhh funny. oops
Kellly October 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
WOW!!! What a debate!! Well, reading all this has done one thing for me....it has for at least for a minute kept my mind off of my friend that was driving the astro mini van that did in fact suffer a massive heart attack which cause the accident. It's kinda sad though that the accident yesterday has led to the comments above.
Joe Vince (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@Kellly: Thank you for your update. How is your friend doing? You can contact me at joev@patch.com if there's any information you would like to pass along or clear up but don't want to include in the comments section. Thank you again for your comments. Joe Vince Local Editor, Tinley Park
Danielle Abendroth October 16, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Kelly, so sorry to hear of your friend's unfortunate incident while driving. This article lost focus of that fact, which it shouldn't have. Whether its right or wrong, incidents like this will continue to be a hot button topic because of the opposing sides and varying opinions. Your friends accident just happened to be the catalyst for this week, through no fault of their own.
nancy hullinger October 17, 2012 at 01:33 AM
THe Patch is getting more like Topix everyday!
Lauren Traut (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 02:27 AM
It's unfortunate you feel that way, Nancy. Our sites are built upon a foundation of journalism and strong editorial leadership—something you don't see on Topix.
Darnell October 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM
The van is resting against the signal box on the south east corner,,,far from the exit of the car wash! The car wash had no bearing on this accident!
Darnell October 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Darnell October 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Darnell October 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Gotta just love all the traffic experts here!
KMK October 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I was once tailgated by a guy brushing his teeth.. all i could picture was him looking into his rearview mirror to see his teeth instead of my car right in front of him. I couldn't wait to turn into my neighborhood...
Bridget October 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Danielle: They teach you in driving class that people mistaking call a "car COLLISION" a "car accident." It is not an "accident" because it is caused by someone's carelessness or not driving for the conditions. So, maybe you should be the one getting all your facts straight before speaking. Look it up or visit the drivers education teacher at TPHS.
Bridget October 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Harry Callahan October 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Monica , I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.Thank You and have a nice day.
Volunteer October 18, 2012 at 07:16 PM
just so you know the man in the astro van is in very very critical condition and his family is at his bedside and it is not looking good. I think these comments should be deleted so that the family doesn't have to read them. You should not comment unless you know the facts about this family. All I can say is that the family needs all the prayers that they can get at this point in time. I think it is sad that people make these comments without knowing facts. They are truly good friends of mine and I am very hurt by all of these negative comments. Please just pray for him and his family right now.
Monica October 19, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Harry....I LOVE that you are imagining me. I'm touched.
NANCY GRACE October 24, 2012 at 10:56 PM
@patty z you are so right!!!!!


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