A silver 2003 Ford Explorer SUV was carrying eight people on Interstate 290. At around 6:15 a.m., the vehicle veered off the road and flipped down the wooded embankment, causing seven of the riders to be ejected. The other, who was wearing her seatbelt, was trapped under the SUV.
Four of these people did not survive the car accident, all of which happened to be women. The other four (one women, three men) were taken to various nearby hospitals. One was the driver. All of the survivors are in very serious condition.
Addison Deputy Fire Chief Joe Leone says, “It is very tragic.” He goes on to explain that officials haven’t nailed the cause of the accident yet. Alcohol, drugs, or speeding do not seem to play a part. The weather was clear and dry when the wreck occurred. There was also no construction in the area.
The vehicle, as well as the deceased four, remained on the scene for hours to come. An investigation on why the crash occurred is being held, with help from the DuPage County Coroner’s Office and other agencies. Police are now seeking witnesses. Specifically, they’d like to know who called 911.
Battalion Chief Scott Walker believes the victims were on their way from Chicago to work at a temp agency. “There were lunch pails and work IDs found,’’ he said. He also mentioned that eight people probably made the SUV even more top-heavy than it would already normally be. “That’s a lot of people…The vehicle rolled multiple times.”
Four hours later, the roads were still shut down. Traffic coming from Illinois Route 83 onto Interstate 290 (westbound) was blocked.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the passengers. A statement including the identities is expected later this afternoon.
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