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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  1. What will council do about the danger of Ridge?

    Ridge consistently ranks as a top problem street for accidents.  The four lane configuration makes it more likely that cars speed.

    It is time that the council develop a better road diet for Ridge.  The best way to do this is to turn the four lane road into a three lane road–one lane of traffic in both directions and a middle turning lane 25 ft on either side of intersections.  

    Between the blocks put up planters providing beautification for one of the city's main thoroughfares.  Take a look at Ashland Ave. in Chicago as an example.

    With the three lane configuration there will be enough room for protected bike lanes on each side, creating a much-needed north-south bikeway.

    The concept of a road diet has been used to great effect in cities across the country.  It is about time we try it on this road.  They increase both safety and accessiblity.  

    1. Road diet

      Your concept of a road diet should be extended to all major thoroughfares in Evanston.  Drivers passing through our town our crazy!  Every major street has issues with drivers who want to speed harassing and bullying other drivers.  I don't know why our traffic department doesn't see what is going on and do something to fix it.  The communities that surround us all have ways to manage and slow traffic.  Evanston traffic employees must think all of our streets should be speedways since they refuse to listen to the residents who live here and only cater to the people that are passing through.  What is wrong with that picture?

  2. This is such a dangerous corner

    This is such a dangerous corner. We live nearby and have stopped crossing there during rush hour because of the number of accidents we see.

    It is on the main route to ETHS and there is no turn signal.

    There is a turn lane on the east side of Lake going west, but the lanes are incredibly narrow. Visibility is difficult because you have to stop so far back to avoid having someone hit you.

  3. A crash too close for comfort

    I do not usually drive on Ridge, but happened to be in a cab heading north — stopped at the red light — when the driver of the SUV heading south on Ridge proceeded through the red light and was hit by the (unexpecting) other driver heading east on Lake.

    This was purely a case of a driver failing to stop at a red light (for whatever reason).

    That said, I'm certain changes can be made to make Ridge safer for all who live/walk near and drive on it.

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