Miracle in Lyons

Miracle in Lyons

No injuries although one car was cut in half

By Steve Metsch

Lyons Police Chief Thomas Herion has seen a lot during his career in law enforcement. But even he was surprised by what he saw early Sunday.

A violent two-car wreck at the intersection of First and Ogden avenues left one car cut in half and not one person injured, he said.

“I’m sure when everybody pulled up they thought there would be some type of major injury, but that wasn’t the case,” he said Monday morning.

“No injuries, believe it not. Isn’t that great? I love the workmanship (on the cars),” he said. “Everybody walked away. No issues. Nobody went to a hospital. Everybody was good to go.”



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The wreck happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at one of the busiest intersections in Lyons.

The back half of a car sits in the intersection at First and Ogden avenues after it was cut in half early Sunday morning. (Photo by TechniCraft)


According to Herion, a vehicle heading southbound on First Avenue was turning east onto Ogden Avenue when it was struck by a vehicle heading north on First Avenue.

Each driver had the green light, Herion said.

“You’ve got to be careful turning in front of people. You know how that goes,” he said.

Traffic citations will be issued, he said, pending statements from witnesses. Two other cars received some damage.

“There were two cars that were mainly involved, and there was some residual damage based on parts of cars striking (two) other vehicles,” he said.

The accident knocked out traffic signals at the intersection for a few hours after the crash.

— Desplaines Valley News


Steve Metsch

Steve Metsch is an award winning veteran reporter who previously worked for the Daily Southtown Newspapers, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Metsch is a writer and editor at the Southwest News Newspaper group based in suburban Chicago, and a freelance writer for a financial newsletter, a health magazine and the Naperville Sun.
Email Steve Metsch at sm4610@sbcglobal.net
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