4 children among 6 injured in Avondale crash

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CHICAGO —Six people, including four children, were injured after an accident on the Northwest Side.

The accident happened around 6 a.m. Thursday on the 3400 block of North Elston in the Avondale neighborhood, across the street from a Chicago Fire Department fire house.

The crash required an emergency medical services Plan One, which sends at least six ambulances to the scene.

According to the Chicago Tribune, police said a 45-year-old man was driving a Jeep Compass on Elston with a 46-year-old woman passenger when he hit a minivan, driven by a 28-year-old woman. The minivan was also carrying four children; a 9-year-old boy, an 8-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy.

The Jeep flipped over multiple times and landed on its side. Firefighters were able to rescue the man and woman from the Jeep through the sun roof. They were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious-to-critical condition.

The four children were transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital in serious condition, but are expected to recover from their injuries. The 28-year-old minivan driver agreed to go to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for an evaluation.

Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.


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