Multiple-vehicle accident near Great America injures 16

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Sixteen people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident on the Tri-State Tollway near Great America.

Illinois State Police say three SUVs and two cars were stopped in traffic in the far two right lanes of Interstate 94 in Gurnee, Ill. The accident occurred when a Western Star semi-truck was unable to reduce speed and struck the rear of a Jeep Cherokee and a Honda Civic, causing a chain reaction. The other vehicles involved include a Honda Pilot, a Toyota Prius and a Ford Explorer.

Lanes at the scene of the accident were closed for a time, but were cleared and opened by 2:45 p.m.

A spokesman for Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville said two of the three patients who arrived at the hospital in critical condition were transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Of the remaining 13 patients, which include both adults and children, two remain in serious condition and 11 are in good condition.

At least one of the critical patients was airlifted to Lutheran General in Park Ridge, a Condell spokesman said.

State police say that all of those who were injured in the accident were transported to Condell.

No criminal charges have been filed yet.

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