A sudden medical issue caused an 85-year-old Schaumburg man to lose control of his vehicle Thursday morning in Elk Grove Village, sparking a four-car crash that sent him and four others to area hospitals.
The driver who caused the collisions near the intersection of Biesterfield and Rohlwing roads was classified in serious condition later Thursday on the basis of his initial health issue. The other four injuries are considered minor, Elk Grove Village police Cmdr. Nick Olsen said.
The Schaumburg man was driving south on Rohlwing Road at 10:31 a.m when he experienced the medical issue and rear-ended a vehicle in the left-turn lane at Biesterfield Road, Olsen said.
The 85-year-old's vehicle then continued into the intersection where it struck a minivan eastbound on Biesterfield, and then a northbound vehicle waiting in the right-turn lane, Olsen said.
The others injured were two men and two women, said Battalion Chief Rick Garchie of the Elk Grove Village Fire Department.
Olsen said the others injured reside in Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village and Lakemoor. Four of those injured, including the 85-year-old who suffered the medical attack, went to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. The fifth was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
Olsen said the the Schaumburg man's accident-related injuries were not life-threatening.