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10/7/2012 11:51:00 AM
Coal City maintenance supervisor injured in DUI crash

On Saturday, Oct. 6 at approximately 7:26 p.m., the Coal City Police Department, along with Coal City Fire Protection District and Gardner Emergency Medical Services responded to a personal injury accident at the intersection of South Broadway and Oak Street.

After arriving on scene it was apparent that a public works vehicle was struck by a motorist causing injuries to three public works employees.

Two village of Coal City employees were treated at Morris Hospital and released. Public works supervisor Darrell L. Olson, 44, sustained injuries to his lower extremities and was airlifted to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where is receiving treatment.

Thomas C. Brown, 42, of Coal City was the driver of the offending vehicle, a pickup truck. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Brown was transported to Morris Hospital where he refused treatment. He was then booked and processed at the Coal City Police Department. He posted bond and was released.

Olson is a long time and well respected member of the village staff, said Coal City Police Chief Tom Best.

"Given the serious nature of Mr. Olson's injuries I ask that his privacy and that of this family be respected at this time while he recovers," Best said.

The accident remains under investigation. Best said additional details will be released as they become available.



Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: georgine gubbins

Darrell, our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!

Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Article comment by: jm

pray on the way for the family and Darrell

Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Article comment by: KM

Darrell Olson is my stepdad. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.



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