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Probe continues into crash that hurt off-duty Carol Stream cop

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Hanover Park authorities say they're still investigating a four-vehicle crash over the weekend that sent three people to the hospital, including an off-duty Carol Stream police sergeant.

Preliminary reports indicate the officer's vehicle struck a sport-utility vehicle that was stopped at the intersection of Army Trail and County Farm roads about 7 p.m. Sunday. The impact pushed the SUV from Army Trail into the intersection where it collided with two other vehicles.

The police officer and two occupants in the SUV were hospitalized with injuries described as nonlife threatening. A family member told the Daily Herald the occupants of the SUV, Sam and Julie Ferruzza, sustained serious leg injuries and extensive bruising.

As of Tuesday, the Carol Stream officer remained in the hospital, according to Hanover Park Deputy Chief Tom Cortese.

No charges have been filed as a result of the crash, he said.

"There hasn't been any talk or discussion related to any legal matters related to the case," Cortese said. "We're still working on the incident itself and have not made any determination. There's been no discussion related to any criminal matters or traffic-related matters."

Cortese said the investigation is being handled entirely by Hanover Park police since the accident took place within their jurisdiction. Carol Stream police, in addition to Hanover Park police, responded to the crash when it happened because it occurred on the border of the two towns and Carol Stream authorities routinely assist with nearby traffic crashes, he said.

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