Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to get a woman out of her car after it collided with another this morning at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Lake Street.

Firefighters tend to an injured driver after pulling her from her car. (Photo by Luis Mazariegos.)

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to get a woman out of her car after it collided with another this morning at the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Lake Street.

The incident happened about 8:30 this morning and police had to block traffic on both streets for a time while the wreckage was cleared away.

A tow truck driver prepares to haul away one of the damaged cars.

Fire Division Chief Dwight Hohl said one driver was taken to St. Francis Hospital for what appeared to be minor injuries. The other driver declined to be taken to the hospital.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Another one?

    Anybody keeping track of the number of accidents between Lake and Davis on Ridge this year?    And the hits just keep on coming…

  2. Traffic Statistics

    Yes, all accidents in the city are tracked by the PD traffic bureau and entered into a database. It has also been suggested to the city that the low hanging branches on the trees along Ridge block the view of the traffic signals at the intersections until you are right on top of the crossing. I have driven Ridge in both directions, and of the three signals that should be visible, you are lucky to see one – usually the one on the opposite side of the street to the direction of travel and across the cross street.

    1. Obstructed signals

      That is absolutely true – also take a look at westbound Oakton at Asbury. The same goes for stop signs being blocked. You get tired of reporting these issues.

      1. stop signs

        Funny, I don't remember ever seeing any stop signs at or near Oakton and Asbury. Maybe they are blocked but I think not.

  3. Ridge wrecks

    The mast arm traffic lights should have been installed on Ridge. But seems the neighbors wanted to maintain the character of the street…as an unsafe roadway.

    Thanks Jan!

  4. They certainly do keep on

    They certainly do keep on coming.  I walk along this stretch or Ridge almost daily and frequently see people texting and talking on cell phones. Incredible!

    Today the traffic was diverted onto Asbury following this accident. It was heavy and there were other near accidents at the corners of Lake and Asbury and Greenwood and Asbury as impatient drivers honked and made rapid turns ignoring pedestrians.

    I think a lot of these accidents are due to driver carelessness as well as the narrowness of the road. This is happening all over, but because of the traffic volume, it happens more often along this stretch of Ridge.

    Also twice in the past few days I have seen large groups of bicyclists riding along this stretch of Asbury.  I counted 50 in one group and they did not appear to be paying attention to stop signs or center lines…another terrible accident waiting to happen. I'm all in favor of bicycling, but they need to follow the rules like everyone else. 

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