A 92-year-old North Riverside woman was injured this afternoon on First Avenue in Riverside when a semi-tractor trailer collided with the car in which she was a passenger.
According to police, the truck, driven by a 50-year-old St. Louis man, was headed northbound on First Avenue approaching Forest Avenue at 1:30 p.m. today. A Chevy Impala traveling south on First Avenue and driven by a 93-year-old North Riverside man apparently turned left in front of the truck at Forest Avenue.
The truck crashed into the passenger side of the Impala, which then struck a third vehicle. The truck careened off the roadway and into the forest preserve area on the east side of First Avenue, just north of Forest Avenue.
The Impala’s front passenger side sustained heavy damage in the crash. The driver’s wife, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center. According to Riverside Deputy Police Chief John Krull, the woman’s injuries, while serious, do not appear to be life-threatening.
The driver of the semi truck was also taken to the hospital. The extent of his injuries, if any, are unknown at this time. First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street was closed to traffic for an hour.
This article has been corrected to reflect the driver of the Chevy’s, correct age.