Multiple-Vehicle Pile-Up With At Least 16 Injured On Southbound I-55 Near Gardner And South Wilmington

Illinois State police and Gardner FPD firefighter/paramedics responded about 11:59 AM Saturday to a multiple-injury crash on 41.191638,-88.319706 (SB I-55 and MP 227 Gardner, IL) . Police and firefighter/paramedics on the scene reported a multiple vehicle pile-up involving on semi-trailer truck and 15 total vehicles.

Fire command reported 16 patients were transported from the crash scene to area hospitals, and 16 medical refusals.

Firefighters were working two extrication operations at the scene.

The pile-up crash occurred during periods of snow squalls, high winds and white out conditions. Conditions at Joliet Regional Airport included a report of a steady north wind of 21 MPH with gusts to 37 MPH at 10:15 a.m. A north wind of 16 MPH with gusts to 31 MPH were reported at 10:55 a.m.

Firefighter/paramedics from Channahon, Coal City, Dwight, East Joliet, Mokena, Pontiac, Troy, Wilmington and other departments assisted Gardner FPD firefighter/paramedics at the scene or standing by in Gardner and other nearby community fire stations.

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