UPDATED: 2:41 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15
Three people were injured Monday morning after a four-vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of 159th Street and Oak Park Avenue, including a man who was initially thought dead but later resuscitated at the hospital, a Tinley Park Police Department official said.
That crash was one of a series of accidents in the Tinley Park area that also included a two-vehicle incident at the intersection of 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue, which injured two people, said Tinley Park Police Cmdr. Pat McCain. In both cases, officials reports had not been filed, and full details were still not available, McCain added.
The man, who originally had been reported as a fatality, was still being treated at an area hospital, McCain said. His condition was unknown but was thought to still be critical, he added.
Two other people from that accident were treated at an area hospital and released, McCain said.
Investigators were still examining the scene at 159th and Oak Park to determine the cause of the accident involving three cars and a Chevrolet Astro van, McCain said.
"By the time [investigators finish], they'll have a pretty good idea of what happened," McCain said.
Police and Tinley Park Fire Department rescue crews also responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a light pole at 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue. The two people in the crash suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and one woman was taken to an area hospital and released, McCain said. The commander was unsure if the other individual was treated at the scene or brought to a hospital.
These two crashes were just part of a series of accidents that happened this morning in and around Tinley Park. Two separate accidents along I-80 that involved five vehicles brought the interstate to a standstill.
A reader also reported an accident at 159th Street and Central Avenue in Oak Forest, and an ambulance was seen driving away from the area at around 9:30 a.m. However, Oak Forest Police said there were no reports around that location this morning, only a motorist assistance call at 159th Street and Ridgeland Avenue.
Tinley Park rescue crews were responding to accident calls since 7:30 a.m., said Tinley Park Fire Department Chief Ken Dunn. He added that he wasn't sure why there were so many accidents this morning.
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