A rollover accident about 9:30 this morning had traffic blocked on Ridge Avenue for over an hour.

The accident, at Lake Street, involved two cars, and left a white Toyota Highlander SUV resting on its side near the stone retaining wall on the west side of the road.

The impact also ripped the front bumper off a light blue Hyundai Elantra in the intersection.

Fire Chief Greg Klaiber says the woman driving the Hyundai was treated by paramedics at the scene. The driver of the Toyota had to be  extricated from his car.

Klaiber says firefighters stabilized the vehicle and then cut out the windshield to reach the driver. They immobilized him and pulled him out through the windshield.

That driver complained of shoulder pain and was transported to Evanston Hospital.

Klaiber says the Toyota’s airbags deployed, which probably reduced the severity of the driver’s injuries.

Ridge Avenue was reopened to traffic about 10:45 a.m..

Firefighters had to use a jack to stabilize the car that had rolled over.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said it appeared the Toyota failed to stop for a red light and that its driver likely would be cited for a traffic violation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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