The Streets & Sanitation Ford F-150 pickup truck was northbound on State Street when the driver lost control and struck adults and a child at 6 E. Cedar St., according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
Charges are pending Sunday morning against the Streets and Sanitation worker who police say had been drinking before the accident.
Three witnesses said the driver “looked intoxicated” and was calmly smoking a cigarette after the crash.
Responding officers had the submit to field sobriety tests, a witness said, adding that the driver had difficulty walking in a straight line.
Police, who believe alcohol was involved, said the 61-year-old driver would be charged Sunday morning.
The city employee driving the city truck was part of a “loop unit”. According to officials, the employee was in the middle of a shift that began at 6 a.m. He was required to submit to drug & alcohol testing after the accident, which is standard procedure.
Police reported seven people were injured: a 34-year-old man and 25-year-old woman, who went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital; a 58-year-old man, 23-year-old woman and 27-year-old man who went to St. Joseph’s Hospital; a one-year-old girl who went to Children’s Memorial Hospital; and a 27-year-old man who went to Advocate Illinos Masonic Medical Center.
The child was in good condition by about 2:30 p.m., while a woman in her mid-20s believed to be the child’s caregiver was in very critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.
None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, said Fire Media Affairs spokesman Larry Langford.
The police department’s Major Accidents Unit is investigating the crash.