No one was seriously injured Monday morning when a stone-hauling semi-tractor truck slammed into the side of a 2006 Honda Civic at the intersection of First Avenue and Ridgewood Road in Riverside.
There were two teenagers, both reportedly Brookfield Zoo seasonal employees, in the Honda as it made a left turn from northbound First Avenue onto Ridgewood Road around 10:50 a.m.
The truck reportedly entered the intersection when the light was yellow and slammed into the rear passenger side of the Honda, severely damaging the vehicle, which was spun around and came to rest on the south parkway of Ridgewood Road just west of the intersection.
Paramedics treated and transported a 17-year-old girl to Loyola University Medical center for treatment of “minor” injuries.
Police are still investigating the crash and had not issued any citations as of Tuesday morning. Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said the department is hoping surveillance cameras at Riverside-Brookfield High School were able to catch the crash, since some of the cameras sweep to the far eastern end of the campus.
According to Weitzel, the passengers in the Honda “were extremely fortunate that they did not sustain any serious injuries. If the stone hauler had hit the passenger vehicle completely broadside, which would have been approximately three seconds sooner, the Riverside Police Department may have been investigating an extremely serious injury accident or even a fatality.”