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Two-car crash sends five to hospital

An early morning traffic accident at Ridge Avenue and Davis Street in Evanston left five people injured today.

Fire paramedics lift an accident victim from one of the cars, which ended up on the lawn of the Methodist Pension Board building after the impact. (EFD photo by Tom Janetske.)

Evanston Fire Division Chief Tom Janetske says two passenger vehicles were involved in the accident about 1 a.m. All three Evanston ambulances and one each from Skokie and Wilmette were used to transport the victims — three to St. Francis Hospital and two to Evanston Hospital.

Janetske said some of the injuries were serious, but none appeared to be life-threatening. He said he didn’t know whether the victims are still hospitalized.

Police set up roadblocks around the scene, but given the early-morning-hour, there was little impact on other traffic.

Update 5:50 p.m., 12/14/09:

Evanston police now say the accident happened when a car southbound on Ridge ran a stoplight and struck a car that was westbound on Davis.

The southbound car then knocked over a traffic signal and ended up on the lawn of the Methodist Pension Board building.

Police have charged the driver of the southbound car, Anthony Deshaun Jackson, 26, of 9126 Keating in Skokie, with a variety of offenses, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, driving under the influence, failure to have insurance, failure to wear a seat belt and disobeying a traffic control device.

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