Evanston and Skokie fire and police units are on the scene of a rollover accident at Golf Road and McCormick Boulevard that happened around 3:45 this afternoon.

Traffic is block in all directions at the intersection and a traffic signal pole has been knocked down, blocking the right turn lane onto McCormick from Golf.

At least one person reportedly suffered minor injuries in the accident and is being taken to the hospital by a Skokie ambulance.

Update 4:25 p.m. Some traffic lanes are being reopened at the interesection.

Update 4:40 p.m.: Except for the right turn lane onto McCormick from Golf, all traffic through the intersection now has been restored.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I cannot comment on what

    I cannot comment on what caused this rollover;  however, the  lights at (1) McCormack and Golf and (2) Golf and McDaniel have never worked well together.  The #2 light turns green but eastbound traffic cannot proceed because #1 is still red.  Given the huge amount of traffic at especially the McCormack/Golf junction, it behooves the engineers in charge to consider making the lights involved shorter, and quicker to change so evryone can wait with less impatience. 

    1. I’m not a traffic engineer,

      I’m not a traffic engineer, but I feel pretty confident in saying that shorter light cycles have lower throughput over time at any time when an intersection is particularly busy, because each changeover means a period when fewer cars are moving. 

      I suspect the point of the green at McDaniel is to disincentivize cars taking East Prairie and pulling in front of the Golf Rd. traffic, since the route Dempster (or Church)-East Prairie-Golf-McCormick is much less efficient for throughput.  A couple more cars each cycle coming off East Prairie and trying to turn left at McCormick would utterly gridlock Golf.  They would rather have people stay on Dempster or Church to McCormick.

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