UPDATED 13:00 HRS: Â Chicago firefighters are currently battling a 2-11 Alarm Fire on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and and Cicero Avenue. Â The scene involves multiple semi trucks and some civilian vehicles. Â The Stevenson is currently closed in both directions. Â Below is more on the story from local media. Â No word at this time on any injuries or fatalities.
(WLS) —Â “Four drivers managed to escape two semis and two cars that caught fire after a crash on the Stevenson Expressway at Cicero Avenue. The expressway was closed in both directions at the crash site Monday morning.
Â Illinois State Police said the two trucks collided on outbound I-55 near Cicero around 10:50 a.m. The Chicago Fire Department said two cars were also involved in the crash. Chopper 7HD was over the scene around 11 a.m. All four vehicles appeared to be fully engulfed by flames and thick, black smoke could be seen for miles.
The fire department upgraded the blaze to a two-alarm around 11:25 a.m. State police said one of the semis was hauling a hazardous material – 17,800 lbs. of paint. A Level 1 HazMat response was called. CFD dispatched a foam truck from Midway International Airport to help put out the flames. The fire was extinguished by around 11:55 a.m.
ISP said they located and spoke with all four drivers, who were able to get out of their vehicles safely. After the fire was struck, an EMS Plan 1 was called, which sends five ambulances to the scene. One person was taken to the hospital. It is unclear which vehicle that person was in. The extent of his or her injury is unknown, but their condition was stable”….Continue Reading Here