Fire off Laraway and Schoolhouse Rds

Fire off Laraway and Schoolhouse Rds

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Concerned Citizen

Frankfort, IL

#1 Mar 3, 2012
Does anyone know whats on fire out off Laraway and Schoolhouse rds right now? It looks to have started just before 2 am and was huge before anyone got out there to it.
just me

Orland Park, IL

#2 Mar 3, 2012
From my understanding there was a car accident, they hit an oil pipeline. Instant flames. :(
KMiller

Mokena, IL

#3 Mar 3, 2012
police scanner said pipeline with leak, car accident i think
Had it with this place

Chicago, IL

#4 Mar 3, 2012
There goes the price of gas.
wow

Tempe, AZ

#5 Mar 3, 2012
Had it with this place- screw you. There were lives lost in that car accident. Screw your gas.
Motorracer

River Grove, IL

#6 Mar 3, 2012
Yea two of them were my best friends. Screw ur dam gas
Hummm

Chicago, IL

#8 Mar 3, 2012
Hear they were drag racing and lost control. Who would drag race on cold ground, Sad
smart

Naperville, IL

#9 Mar 3, 2012
Drinking and driving don't mix.
Mom of Two

Batavia, IL

#11 Mar 3, 2012
kids do stupid things, as Im sure all of us have done during our lifetime.

Praying for all involved... my heart goes out to all the families. Can't imagine that phone call or knock on the door, special prays to all the kids.
just me

Orland Park, IL

#12 Mar 3, 2012
Yes, lives were lost... awful! Im praying for the victims involved and their families & friends. <3
question

Naperville, IL

#13 Mar 3, 2012
Does anybody know how much it is going to cost to repair the fence? My uncle owns a fence company and is looking for work.
ex NL resident

United States

#14 Mar 3, 2012
last tweet one of the kids posted was "wasted"

shouldn't be racing, let alone drunk in a mustang and a trailblazer on cold ground on a street with a fence and an oil pipe at the end of it. not saying they deserved it, but they weren't exactly acting in a way that shows any dedication to self preservation. new lenox kills people. there is nothing to do in that shit town, I'm glad I got the fuck out.
Remember

Mokena, IL

#15 Mar 3, 2012
ex NL resident wrote:
last tweet one of the kids posted was "wasted"
shouldn't be racing, let alone drunk in a mustang and a trailblazer on cold ground on a street with a fence and an oil pipe at the end of it. not saying they deserved it, but they weren't exactly acting in a way that shows any dedication to self preservation. new lenox kills people. there is nothing to do in that shit town, I'm glad I got the fuck out.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on here but just remember they were someone's child someone's brother and someone's bestfriend.
Unincorporated

Greenwood, IN

#16 Mar 3, 2012
Reckless driving. That's what this was. This isn't Drag Racing. We used to Drag Race when I was young. We would bring the hottest cars out to a desolate place, usually 107th st west of LaGrange. Back them off the trailer and let 'em rip. These were two carloads of kids going too fast for where they were. I have a friend with a business right near where the accident happened. He said two died at the scene and two were airlifted.He said the accident happened at 2am. I asked him what they were running meaning what kind of cars. He said an SUV and a Mustang. Yeah, that's a Drag race. Not. We used that road to test our projects except we went the other way. That way you don't run out of road.
Now what are the cops going to do? Sit back there? I doubt it. This just sucks all the way around.
There is nothing back there but industrial park roads with no buildings on them. It was perfect for ripping your car.
Remember when that guy from the north end of that garage rental area drove his race car into the retention pond? He almost didn't make it out. Full blown race car gettin out of hand with a good driver at the wheel. And these kids........well, shit.
CNJ

Chicago, IL

#17 Mar 3, 2012
EX NL RESIDENT:
If you wanted to get out of this shit town so bad, why are you following it on the internet. Do you have no sympathy for the lives lost, or for the families of the lives lost and injured?#miserylovescompany
Very Sad

Lake Forest, IL

#18 Mar 4, 2012
NEW LENOX TOWNSHIP — Two men were killed and three critically injured early Saturday when their vehicles struck an oil pipeline.

At 2:05 a.m., Will County sheriff’s police and New Lenox firefighters responded to the explosion of the Enbridge Pipeline near Moni Road, reports said.

A Ford Mustang with two people inside and an SUV with three occupants were apparently side by side when they went through a chain link fence and traveled approximately 125 feet onto the property before striking the pipeline, igniting the crude oil inside.

A worker said the impact with the pipe appeared to have “sheared off” the top of the Mustang.

“The hazardous conditions have prevented us from confirming and recovering the bodies,” Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said Saturday afternoon.“But we are standing by at the scene.”

The pipeline was reportedly burning until 5 a.m., and crude oil was still leaking as of 2 p.m. Saturday.

“When you hit a liquid fuel line, usually it’s not very good. They can ignite and there was ignition,” New Lenox Fire Protection District Chief Jon Mead said.

Firefighters rushed three men to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment, Mead said.

Two men were soon transferred to the burn unit at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, New Lenox Police Chief Bob Sterba said. One man was so badly injured, he was airlifted via helicopter, he said.

The five men are all in their 20s and reside in New Lenox, Sterba said.

“This is horrible, horrible, horrible,” Sterba said.

New Lenox police officer Eric Etchison was at Schoolhouse and Laraway roads, about a half-mile from the accident, when he saw the flames and rushed to the scene, Sterba said.

Etchison was the first emergency responder on the scene and “did a great job” helping three men get out of the fenced-in area, Sterba said.

However, he was unable to reach the two men in the other car due to “significant flames,” Sterba said.

“He certainly was quite frustrated because the other car, the flames and heat were so intense, he couldn’t get near it,” Sterba said.

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann said he knew two of the victims through his son, and played basketball with the men last summer. He declined to name the victims because he was not sure if their families had been notified.

“What a terrible accident. We feel badly for the families and the victims,” Baldermann said.

“There’s no danger at this time to the public, the situation has been contained,” he said.

A man who identified himself as a supervisor at the Will County sheriff’s department refused to identify the victims Saturday, and told a reporter to call back Monday morning.
Also a firefighter

New Lenox, IL

#19 Mar 4, 2012
So why do people need to announce he is a firefighter? I don't believe he should be homered as one at all. He was a grown man. Who made a bad choice. As a firefighter you see the results of drinking, and driving + excessive speed. So why would you be part of that. Not only did they all pay, but the public and his fellow emergency responders were put at risk. If a grocery store worker or anybody else with a job dies are they any less important?
Optimistic

United States

#20 Mar 4, 2012
It saddens me that even in a time of grief, we as a society of Americans can't simply all just report the facts and be respectful of the families. It's obvious to everyone that this was a horrible mistake by all involved and unfortunately 2 good people have paid the ultimate price.

The original question here was "Does anyone know what's on fire?" That has been answered. my heart and prayers go out to the families and friends of this tragic mistake.
sad

New Lenox, IL

#21 Mar 4, 2012
It is sad that people lost their lives, but they did not make smart decisions... Whether they were drunk or not. One was a firefighter and knew the risks of what they were doing. It was an accident that could have been avoided if smart decisions were made. I feel terrible for their families.
whos perfect

Wheaton, IL

#22 Mar 4, 2012
Tell me that all of you judging did not do anything stupid when you were in your early 20's?? The majority of people have. The only difference is that somehow we luckily made it out alive. My heart goes out to the friends and families of these guys. Their lives will never be the same, neither will the lives of those who survived and are at Loyola. They all need the communities support, not judgement.
My heart also goes out to officer Etchenson who was first to arrive on the scene, I'm sure you did all that you could...and know that 3 people are alive because of you.
My last question is:
What happens to the people serving them at primetime??
Or did u people not know that's where they were right before this happened??!! Possibly until closing time??

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