Two people were killed and another was critically injured after a three-vehicle crash involving two semi trucks and an SUV on I-94 near Deerfield.
The Illinois State Police and Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department responded around 10:26 a.m. Tuesday to I-94 eastbound at mile post 22 near Half Day Road.
State police said that a preliminary investigation shows an SUV and two semi trucks were traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 when the SUV sideswiped one of the trucks for an unknown reason. The SUV spun out and struck the second semi truck.
All lanes eastbound and westbound Interstate 94 were closed for a short time to allow a LifeNet medical helicopter to land in the eastbound lanes of the tollway, ISP said.
The driver and front seat passenger of the Jeep SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. The rear seat passenger in the SUV was extricated by firefighters and flown to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with life-threatening injuries.
The drivers of the two semi trucks suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Highland Park Hospital, police said.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office is scheduling an autopsy on both victims killed in the crash. Their identities are being withheld pending notification to their next of kin.
The westbound lanes were reopened at 11:35 a.m. and the eastbound lanes remained closed until 3:05 p.m. following an extensive traffic crash investigation.