1 Dead, 3 Injured in Barrington Accident

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Byline: Alysia Tate Daily Herald Staff Writer

Flashing lights and sirens didn't provide enough warning for a Chicago couple whose car collided with a Barrington ambulance Friday, leaving one man dead and three people injured.

Louis Mader, 78, of 5314 N. Austin, Chicago, died about two hours after the accident, after he had been flown to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. His wife, Lois, 76, was in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington Friday night.

The couple was traveling westbound on Northwest Highway at about 8:20 a.m., the same time an ambulance going northbound on Hart Road was responding to a call, said Fire Chief David Danley.

The ambulance and the Plymouth Reliant collided, the driver's side smashing into a traffic signal. The couple apparently didn't see or hear the ambulance coming, Danley said.

The two paramedics driving the ambulance were treated at Good Shepherd and released, but both were counseled on the emotional effects of the accident, he said.

"Psychologically, they're not good," he said. "They are very concerned, very shaken up."

They were on their way to help a woman on the north end of the village who had reportedly broken her hip, Danley said. …