Three men were taken to area hospitals for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries after a three-vehicle crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and two cars near the intersection of Madison and Ogden avenues occurred in Brookfield at about 5:50 a.m. on Dec. 27.
Brookfield police reported that a Chevy Equinox driven by a 52-year-old Bellwood man was headed eastbound on Ogden Avenue when it veered into oncoming traffic and struck a westbound semi-tractor trailer, driven by a 44-year-old Broadview man, head on.
The impact of the crash caused the semi to jackknife and careen into the eastbound lanes of traffic where it T-boned a Kia sedan driven by a 25-year-old Chicago man and pushed it over the curb and up to the front windows of Fine Thai Restaurant, 9305 Ogden Ave.
The truck struck the driver’s side door of the Kia, which sustained heavy damage. The driver of the Kia, however, was protected by side-impact air bags and was not seriously hurt. He did not have to be extricated from the vehicle, and all three men reportedly walked to ambulances that took them to hospitals for treatment.
Police said none of those involved in the crash exhibited signs of intoxication. The driver of the Chevy Equinox was cited for improper lane usage.
Steve Campbell, the owner of the building at 9305 Ogden Ave. said that stone that makes up a portion of the lower façade appeared to have been pushed in. However, the village’s building department determined there is no structural damage to the building. The restaurant remains in operation, Campbell said.
Traffic was closed on Ogden Avenue in both direction as a result of the crash until about 7:45 a.m., police said.