Four people were taken to the hospital, including one person whose injuries were believed life-threatening, following a three-vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of 54th Street and Sheridan Road Sunday night.
The accident, which was reported around 5:50 p.m., forced a smaller vehicle to crash into the Kenosha County parking garage structure west of the scene and east of the nearby Metra train station. Another larger vehicle involved in the crash also remained in the intersection as rescue personnel arrived and police worked traffic.
According to Kenosha Fire Battalion Chief Matt Haerter, firefighters used extrication equipment to rescue the driver whose car crashed into the parking structure. That person was reported to have life-threatening injuries, he said.
Flight For Life’s ground transport personnel took the driver of the car that crashed into the parking structure to a hospital, he said. Medical transport via helicopter, however, did not occur.
Also taken by ambulance to hospitals, he said, were two people with minor injuries and another with “significant” injuries. Two other people involved in the accident refused treatment, Haerter said. All individuals involved in the crash were adults.
“The incident essentially affected the entire block from Sheridan Road to 10th Avenue. It also impacted the county parking structure, as well as the electricity that feeds the (city cable car) system,” Haerter said.
Details on the cause of the crash were not immediately available as authorities remained on the scene. According to radio traffic, however, at least one of the drivers was believed to have been operating while intoxicated.
Shortly after 7 p.m., police said traffic on Sheridan Road from 52nd to 55th avenues would be closed and rerouted for about four hours.