Chicago: At least 13 injured including an off-duty firefighter, after shuttle bus crash at O’Hare
At least 13 people, including an off-duty firefighter, were injured after a shuttle bus was involved in a crash near O'Hare International Airport, clogging traffic heading to one of the terminals at the start of the busy Labor Day travel period. The crash occurred about 6:35 a.m. in the westbound lanes on I-190 about a half-mile from the entrance to Terminal 1, O'Hare spokeswoman Karen Pride and police said, citing preliminary information.
A Fire Media Affairs spokesman said the bus crashed into a concrete median that separated lanes headed toward arrival and departure terminals.
Pride said the bus was not one of the shuttles operated by the airport.
Fire Media Affairs spokesman Larry Langford says 13 people were taken to local hospitals after 10 ambulances were summoned. Four people in serious to critical condition were taken to Luther General Hospital in Park Ridge and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
The rest were taken to Resurrection Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital, Fire Media Affairs said.
Off-duty Evanston paramedic delivers own baby on Edens Expressway
An off-duty paramedic delivered his own baby on the Edens Expressway Friday morning. The father — who also works as a paramedic — was in a vehicle heading northbound on I-94 near the Touhy Avenue exit when he stopped the car about 4:30 a.m. to deliver his own baby, according to Lincolnwood police and Illinois State Troopers.
Officials could not immediately say if the baby was a boy or girl, but added that the family was OK.
Waukegan trains first set of citizen emergency responders
In the first example of what is expected to become a regular occurrence, Waukegan Fire Department officials hosted a graduation ceremony this week for residents who completed training to form a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Fire Chief Ricco Farrell said a total of 19 participants tackled the 10-week course, which covered basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search-and-rescue techniques, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
“This is something where we’re utilizing citizens in disaster situations where they can [begin] the process of responding,” Farrell said. “Let’s say, for instance, we have a tornado. These citizens are trained in doing emergency preparation to assess who needs emergency assistance and in search-and-rescue.
“It’s not to the [level] of the fire service, but it’s something where they can begin the process before the fire department gets there or when the fire department is tasked with other responsibilities.”
The training was the first of its kind for the Waukegan Fire Department and, similar to Waukegan’s Citizens Police Academy, was a free course that trained citizen volunteers.
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Woman, dogs escape fire in Mitchell
Members of the Hall family saved their lives and their dogs but lost their home Thursday morning after a fire started in an unoccupied room and spread through the roof and down a wall to the basement. “I just hope all my baby pictures and so forth can be saved. You can replace a television, appliances and so forth, but the memorabilia are irreplaceable,” said Sharon Hall of 5429 Old Alton Rd.
She and her husband, Dennis Hall, were watching as fire fighters from three departments sprayed water on the blaze, which was still coming through the roof more than an hour after the fire was discovered just before 10 a.m.
The fire, along with the spray from the hoses created a huge cloud of smoke and steam as the family waited just outside the home.