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Two People in Critical Condition After Plainfield Crash [UPDATE]

Officials are warning drivers of traffic signal visibility issues.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Sections of Route 59 and 119th Street closed following a serious crash in Plainfield Wednesday morning had reopened as of around 3 p.m., police said.

Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said two people were in critical condition following the three-car crash at around 10:41 a.m. at Route 59 and 119th Street. 

According to police, the crash occurred when a southbound vehicle went through the red light at Route 59 and 119th Street, striking a second vehicle that was heading east on 119th Street. The side impact collision caused the second vehicle to hit a third vehicle, which was stopped on northbound Route 59 at 119th Street.

A male driver of a Ford Ranger was taken to Rush-Copley Hospital in Aurora in critical condition, while the female driver of a Toyota Sequoia was transported to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, also in critical condition, according to Stratton. There were no other occupants in those vehicles, police said.

"There was heavy extrication" of the drivers following the crash, Stratton said.

Two female occupants of a Chevy Suburban refused treatment at the scene of the crash.

Stratton said low visibility may have played a role in the crash, saying snow-covered traffic lights are difficult to see after the snowstorm.

"Visibility is very bad with the traffic lights — we're hearing that from other jurisdictions, too," Stratton said.

Plainfield Police Sgt. Mike Fisher said it could take weeks to complete the investigation and determine whether any citations will be issued in the crash. He said investigators would also like to speak with the injured drivers, although it's unclear when that could happen.

Fisher said both drivers sustained "very significant injuries."
Kathy rios March 15, 2014 at 05:12 PM
If only everyone had common sense…the reality is quite opposite. I do agree with you Hector, I just think a clear red would've stopped the driver.
CL March 17, 2014 at 02:19 AM
Too true. It should actually be changed to "uncommon sense". =/ Regardless, I hope somehow everyone involved heals.
Jamielynn March 17, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Bottom line is the people driving are responsible.. regardless if the lights were covered with snow, people must be responsible for their actions. It was a fast snow storm. The city workers can't be everywhere at one time. If a store's power was out, and people can't buy stuff, is it ok for people to just walk out without paying for anything because the power was out and no registers were working? People are so irresponsible when it comes to driving. Even without a snowstorm. IF people would just signal when turning, that would amazing...
Ron Jidzny March 18, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Last night, Trustee Bill Lamb didn't even know the Village had several intersections with illuminated street signs on the traffic signal overhead masts. The best part is that Lockport Street and Van Dyke Rd has one which is right next to Village Hall. The general awareness by some of the local 'elected' officials, or lack thereof, is quite frankly pathetic.
Mandy Hudson March 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM
I have to say I live right behind the gas station on 119 th & rt 59 and have for 10 years I am shocked that this has not happened sooner. People always run that light at a high rate of speed no matter the weather time of day anything. I have called the police many times about it, it was only a matter of time. I am sorry that someone was hurt but maybe the police will make an effort to be in the area more. I am sure if you ask anyone that lives close to this area they would tell you the same thing people always run that light.

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