5 hurt when vehicle hits vet clinic

Written By BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter Posted: 03/03/2014, 05:51pm
Array A car crashed into the Animal Ark Veterinary Clinic at the corner of Kedzie and Irene just north of the Kennedy expressway around 6:15 Friday evening. According to the drivers brother, who was on the scene, there was one female adult and four children in the car, which lost control after hitting a pothole. | Michael R. Schmidt-For Sun-Times Media

Five people were hurt — one critically — when a vehicle hit a veterinary clinic in the Northwest Side Avondale neighborhood Friday night.

The vehicle hit Animal Ark Veterinary Clinic, 3235 N. Kedzie Ave., about 6:30 p.m., officials said.

At least one staff member among those injured, said Jennifer Landini, a practice manager at the facility.

“We had to move all our animals to another facility because we have no gas, no heat,” Landini said. “We’re all just trying to figure out our next steps.”

No animals inside the building were hurt, but the clinic is unable to operate, she said.

The driver told police she hit a pothole and lost control of the vehicle, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. Four people in the car, all women and girls between 14 and 22 years old, were taken to area hospitals, he said.

Some people were in the waiting room at the time of the crash, and five people were taken to local hospitals, Fire Media Affairs Chief Juan Hernandez said.

Two people hurt in the crash were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, one in serious-to-critical condition and another in fair-to-serious condition, Hernandez said.

Two other people were taken to Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, one in fair-to-serious condition and another in good condition, Hernandez said.

A fifth person went to Swedish Covenant Hospital in fair-to-serious condition, he said. He could not immediately say if they had been in the building or in the vehicle.

Chicago Police are investigating the crash, and inspectors from the city’s Department of Buildings are also being called to evaluate the structure.

Anyone interested in helping the clinic should contact its sister facility, Heal Veterinary Clinic at Irving Park Road and Rockwell Avenue, Landini said.

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