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Officials: Medical emergency caused fatal Oak Brook crash

Glen Ellyn man, 84, killed in 4-vehicle crash

Investigators believe a medical emergency caused a four-vehicle crash Nov. 30 in Oak Brook that killed a Glen Ellyn man.

Chen Tien, 84, was transported to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.

"Preliminary investigations of the Oak Brook Police and the Felony Investigative Assistance Team's Major Crash Reconstruction Team point towards a medical emergency as a major contributing factor of the crash," a news release from the Oak Brook Police Department stated. "Any additional information on causation or decision on potential charges will be made after the lab test results are received."

Those having firsthand knowledge of the crash or events that led up to it are encouraged to contact the Oak Brook Police Department at 630-368-8702 or crimetips@oak-brook.org.

At about 1:24 p.m. Nov. 30, the Oak Brook Police and Fire departments responded to a serious traffic crash with multiple injuries and possible entrapment at 22nd Street and Midwest Road, according to the release. Upon arrival, officers found a red Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck resting on top of a Toyota Prius being driven by Tien, with a Ford Taurus driver’s side door caved in at the front of the pickup, the release stated.

According to eyewitness statements, the truck disregarded the red light at 22nd Street and Midwest Road and struck the two vehicles traveling west through the intersection, as well as a Lexus SUV, the release stated.

The driver of the Chevrolet pickup truck, a 53-year-old man from Park Forest, was transported by paramedics to Good Samaritan Hospital, according to the release. The two occupants of the Ford Taurus, a 52-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man from Chicago, were both transported to Good Samaritan Hospital as well, the release stated.

The fifth person in the crash, a 74-year-old man from Hinsdale, declined medical treatment.

Oak Brook police, along with the Major Crash Reconstruction Team, have been investigating the crash. Oak Brook police received assistance with traffic control from the Illinois State Police and the Oakbrook Terrace, Hinsdale, Villa Park, Westchester and Lombard police departments, the release stated.

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