Lake Forest Intersection Restored After Truck Collision With Traffic Light Pole
After a truck collided with a light pole and control box, workers fixed the traffic lights at a busy intersection in Lake Forest, allowing traffic to resume as usual.
Around 2:23 a.m. on Sunday, the Lake Forest Fire Department and Police Department responded to a single-vehicle incident at Route 41 and Route 60.
Upon arrival, first responders discovered a black 2021 Ford Ranger pickup truck with significant front-end damage off the road, as stated by Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Kevin Zelk.
The Lake Forest Fire Department evaluated both residents, but they declined medical attention. According to Zelk, an investigation revealed that the Ford, being driven by Analisa Sada, 21, of Hammond, Indiana, was heading south on Route 41 as it approached Route 60.
Traffic has resumed as normal at a major intersection in Lake Forest:
Traffic has resumed as normal at a major intersection in Lake Forest after crews repaired the traffic lights following a truck that crashed into a light pole and control box. https://t.co/0Az1tzmxK3
— Lake & McHenry County Scanner (@LMCScanner) November 19, 2023
After pulling off the road, the Ford collided with an IDOT traffic signal control box and a traffic light pole. In the wooded region between Route 41 and Ridge Road, the Ford stopped.
Zelk claimed that after noticing Sada’s impairment, the police took her into custody. She was accused of two charges of drunk driving, illegally possessing cannabis in a car, attempting to possess a prohibited substance and other traffic infractions.
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After processing, Sada was given a notice to appear and was allowed to leave detention. On December 15, she is expected to appear in court. According to Zelk, the collision wrecked the IDOT control box, leaving the crossroads without functional traffic lights.
To help with traffic control, the Lake Forest Police Department asked several neighbouring police departments for aid. Major county roadway Route 41 was under police supervision Sunday morning while IDOT and Meade Electric worked to restore service.
By 11:45 a.m., workers had finished the repair, and all traffic control systems were operational. At the location, assistance was provided by the Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Riverwoods, Lincolnshire, Deerfield, and Lake County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Deputy Unit law enforcement agencies.