A serious crash Tuesday evening involving a Niles police SUV and two drivers driving a sedan left one person in critical condition with life-threatening injuries and an officer with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Niles Police Department and Illinois State Police.
The Niles Police SUV had its lights and sirens activated and the trooper driver was heading south on Caldwell Street en route to a call around 7:38 p.m. Feb. 6, according to an Illinois State Police crash report. According to the report, a Honda sedan was traveling west on Gross Point Road when the two vehicles collided sideways at the intersection of Gross Point Road and Caldwell.
The collision pushed the Honda into the northbound lane of Caldwell, where it struck a Nissan passenger car stopped in traffic, according to state police.
The driver of the Honda, identified by Niles police as an adult male, was hospitalized in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, according to a Niles police news release.
The driver of the Nissan, an adult female, refused medical treatment, according to the statement.
The three drivers were the only people in the vehicles, according to Niles police.
Christopher Watson, Illinois State Police public information officer, said in an email that Niles police asked state police to investigate the crash. The Illinois State Police Traffic Accident Reconstruction Unit is continuing to investigate.