Friday, December 30, 2016

1 female driver dead, 1 critical after head-on crash in Palos Park, Illinois

1 female driver dead, 1 critical after head-on crash in Palos Park, Illinois

Updated 1 hr 48 mins ago
PALOS PARK, Ill. -- A woman was killed and a man critically injured in a head-on crash Thursday night in southwest suburban Palos Park, police said.

Emergency crews responded at 9:04 p.m. to the two-vehicle collision on 123rd Street between Wolf and Will Cook roads, according to Palos Park police.

Firefighters had to extricate both drivers, including a 55-year-old Orland Park woman who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner's office did not immediately have information on the death.

The other driver, a 32-year-old Hickory Hills man, was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Roads around the crash scene were shut down for about five hours as authorities investigated. The cause is under investigation.

Another head-on collision about three hours earlier and four miles away in the same suburb left a man in serious condition. One driver in that crash was charged with a DUI.


A man was charged with DUI after a head-on crash Thursday evening in southwest suburban Palos Park.

At 5:47 p.m., officers arrived and found one vehicle with extensive damage and another vehicle stopped near the trees along the road in the 12300 block of Route 7, according to Palos Park police.

A 51-year-old man from Indiana was taken to Palos Hospital in serious condition, police said. The driver of the other vehicle, 35-year-old Brian Fox, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. His condition was not immediately known.

Fox, of Orland Park, was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and failure to wear a seatbelt. Additional chargers were pending, police said.

Route 7 was closed for four hours while authorities reconstructed the accident scene. The investigation is ongoing, police said.