WJOL has obtained information regarding a crash that sent six people to the hospital on Easter Sunday. It was about 3:30 in the afternoon when Joliet Police Officers responded to the area of Route 30 (Plainfield Road) and Frederick Street for a report of a traffic crash with injuries.
A preliminary investigation indicates that a sedan driven by a 20-year-old Plainfield male was westbound on Route 30 approaching Frederick Street. This vehicle then lost control and entered the eastbound lanes of Route 30 and struck a sport utility vehicle that was eastbound Route 30 driven by a 40-year-old male New Lenox resident. This happened along Route 30 near six corners.
WJOL has learned that prior to the accident, there was a traffic incident between the driver of the sedan and an off duty Will County Sheriff’s deputy. The deputy followed the sedan for several miles while communicating with law enforcement in regards to the location of the vehicle. This could have explained why the Plainfield driver was traveling along Route 30 at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the sedan ended up crashing into another vehicle going eastbound on Route 30. The family in the sport utility vehicle from New Lenox were sent to the hospital including two children ages 8 and 14 were sent to the hospital with life threatening injuries but are expected to be ok. Two people from the sedan were also sent to the hospital and expected to recover.
This crash remains under investigation by the Joliet Police Department Traffic Unit.