Police: Orland Park woman OK after car crashes, catches fire in Oak Forest
By Susan DeMar Lafferty firstname.lastname@example.org December 5, 2012 5:08PM
Investigators look over the car that slid into the ditch along 147th Street west of Laramie Avenue in Oak Forest, IL, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The female driver was transported to a hospital from the scene. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:21AM
A woman was rescued by passersby before her Ford Focus caught fire after she crashed into a ditch on 147th Street in Oak Forest Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The 61-year-old Orland Park woman was driving the wrong way on 147th Street, sideswiped another vehicle, hit a concrete barrier and landed in the ditch, Oak Forest Police Sgt. Alexander Curlee said.
She was transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, but was expected to be OK, he said.
Police said a medical issue apparently caused her to pass out at the wheel. By the time she left the scene, she was “coherent,” Curlee said.
Her car caught fire after witnesses pulled her out, he said.
The woman is expected to be charged with improper lane use, Curlee said.