2 Dead in crash on Route 53 near Euclid Avenue in Rolling Meadows

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Two people were killed in a crash on Route 53 just south of Eucild Avenue in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows Tuesday morning.Traffic on northbound Route 53 is being forced off at Kirchoff and Algonquin roads as Illinois State Police investigate and clear the crash. Route 53 could be closed until around 8:45 a.m., authorities said. State police said a driver heading south in the northbound lanes of Route 53 struck two vehicles head-on around 4:10 a.m. A yellow Toyota Scion, a white Toyota Sienna taxi and a white Chevy Impala were badly damaged. A silver Cadillac CTS was also at the scene, but had no visible damage.

Leon Ruther, who witnessed the crash, said he saw the wrong-way driver traveling at about 90 miles per hour before the crash. He said he called 911 after he saw the speeding car and saw the cars collide as he kept driving.

“I guess about a mile down the road, the first vehicle I found was a Chevy Impala, a white car, that was hit from head-on. About an eighth of a mile down further was a taxi van that was also smashed in the front. Immediately after that was a little, small car that was pretty much damaged all around,” Ruther said.

It is unclear which vehicles the victims were in, investigators said. No details have been released about the victims.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is assisting with traffic control. Traffic is building on Route 53, a heavily traveled road. Drivers should avoid the area.

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