Woman rescued, man located after serious crash in Des Plaines

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DES PLAINES, Ill. -- A man who went missing after a car crashed into a Des Plaines forest preserve has been found.

The car was found by some trees near Rand and Ballard early Monday morning.

One female victim was found alone inside.

The woman had to be extricated from the vehicle by rescue crews. She was transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in serious condition.

The woman informed police there were two others in the car with her at the time of the accident, so search parties and K-9's spent hours looking in the woods for the other involved. Their search found no one.

But later Monday morning, police received a call from employees at the Chicago Behavioral Health reporting a man, who was bleeding, in their parking lot.

Police say the man is the woman's boyfriend. Officers believe he may have found the shelter during the five hours he was missing.  Both are expected to recover.

Police say the accident was a result of a high-speed crash.  The car was traveling west on Ballard, when it hit a utility pole near the intersection, knocking it out of place.

The third person the woman had reported to be in the vehicle was her father -- but he had been dropped off prior to the crash.

Police say they're not looking for anyone else.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and police are looking at charges.


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