So, did the neighborhood’s streets seem very slick and noticeably devoid of salt Monday?
CTA buses, school buses, a man in a wheelchair, cars, more cars, pedestrians, and still more cars. They were all involved in dozens of traffic accidents Monday afternoon as ice-covered roads sat untreated for hours on end.
Here is a sampling:
1:44PM: As a police unit drives in to end his shift, he sees an accident at 3400 Sheffield. One vehicle is not drivable.
2:32PM: UNIT—Is Streets & San aware it’s slick out and there’s ice on the ground?
4:11PM: Traffic accident victims walk in to the 19th district station to file a report.
4:12PM: Auto accident, no injuries 16XX Barry.
4:20PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Irving and Hermitage.
4:22PM: Auto accident, with injuries. Addison and Lake Shore Drive.
4:28PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Grace and Clifton.
4:31PM: An officer witnesses a 3-vehicle crash involving a CTA bus at Broadway and Addison (not the same as the 4:22PM crash).
4:32PM: Auto accident involving a school bus, no injuries. Altgeld and Southport. Ambulance en route because there was a child on board.
4:36PM: Hit and run 6XX Grace. FedEx truck hit his car and fled.
4:37: Auto accident, no injuries. Halsted and Waveland at Whole Foods parking lot. One car is not drivable. No injuries.
4:40PM: OFFICER: “Would you please call Streets and San again? People are sliding all over the place.”
4:47PM: An officer and a CTA driver fell down on ice at the scene of an incident. “Anybody walking, they’re falling down,” the officer says. Request immediate salting.
4:54PM: Auto accident, no injuries. 39XX Bell. UPS truck vs. a car. Call came in 2 hours ago.
4:57PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Sheridan and Pine Grove. Call came in an hour ago.
4:57PM: Man in a wheelchair hit by a car at Irving Park and Western. Ambulance on the way.
5:00PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Wilson and Malden.
5:02PM: A person who claims to have been involved with the CTA bus crash at Broadway and Addison walks into the police station.
5:07PM: Officers come across a minor accident 13XX Wilson. They’ll send the parties into the station.
5;08PM: Auto accident, no injuries involving a CTA bus. Broadway at Sheridan.
5:13PM: Auto accident, no injuries. 1801 Lawrence.
5:15PM: Officers happen upon an accident at Broadway and Sunnyside. At least one vehicle not drivable.
5:19PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Henderson and Paulina.
5:19PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Melrose and Lincoln.
5:19PM: Auto accident, school bus vs. vehicle. No injuries. Damen and Montrose.
5:21PM: Sergeant: “Are Streets and San going to send some trucks up to do some salting?”
5:23PM: UNIT: “Sheet of ice. Let Streets and San know we definitely need salt here. 20XX Montrose. Roll an ambulance.” Person on bus claims neck injuries.
5:24PM: UNIT: “It’s a miracle! I’ve spotted a salt truck on Sheridan!”
5:27PM: Auto accident, no injuries. 30XX Lincoln. One driver refuses to exchange info.
5:44PM: Auto accident with injuries. Addison and Western.
5:48PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Broadway and Buena.
5:49PM: Auto accident. Racine and Leland.
5:50PM: Auto accident, no injuries. Barry and Greenview.
6:01PM: Auto accident, property damage. Sheffield and Addison.
6:10PM: Officer encounters an accident at Broadway and Sheridan.
6:14PM: Hit and run, 19XX Cornelia.
6:16PM: Officer says the 6:10PM accident is resolved, but a 3-car accident just took place across the street. He’ll be over there. Can another unit bring him some blank traffic accident reports? He has run out.
6:17PM: Unit 1913 will take some reports to him.
6:22PM: Unit 1913 got waved down to handle an auto accident at 39XX Clark. They’ll deliver those blank reports when they’re done.
6:34PM: Auto accident, property damage. Lincoln and Wellington…..