Car torn in half, child ejected from vehicle in two-vehicle collision on N. Main and Elmwood


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Two adults and a child were sent to the hospital after a violent two-car crash Wednesday morning which ripped a car in half.

 “At about 10:41 in the morning, Rockford Police responded to the intersection of N. Main and Elmwood for a serious vehicle accident,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Andre Brass. “We believe, at this point in time, the white vehicle, the white SUV, was southbound and it struck a vehicle, a silver SUV, in the intersection of Main and Elmwood.”

“But there was someone ejected from the vehicle and it appears to be from the silver vehicle,” Brass continued. “I don’t know where they were sitting at in the vehicle.”

A witness at the scene told Eyewitness News that the person thrown from the SUV was a child.

Earlier reports said the child was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, but the child’s condition has been downgraded to stable condition as of 4 p.m.

Both drivers, a 25-year-old woman in the silver SUV, and a 34-year-old man in the white SUV, are expected to be ok.

The speed limit on North Main is 45 mph, but police say the driver of the white SUV ran the red light and smashed into the other car at such a high rate of speed that the crash split the other vehicle in half.

“As you can see from the aftermath, this was a pretty high speed accident, and it appears there was major damage to the white vehicle, and the other vehicle was split in half,” Brass said. “It’s pretty significant damage, but it’s definitely from high speed. If anything comes of this, slow down when you’re driving.”

North Main was shut down for hours Wednesday afternoon as the Rockford Police Department’s Traffic Reconstruction Team investigated the crash.

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