Ice was the probable cause of a multi-vehicle crash that blocked Illinois Hwy. 53 in Palatine for more than two hours this morning.
The crash, involving between six and nine vehicles, occurred just after 4 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Route 53 at Northwest Highway, according to state police.
Two people were taken to an area hospital, but with non-serious injuries, authorities said.
State police shut down the area for an accident investigation and to bring in salt to spread over the roadway.