BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof got into a scary car accident on the way to practice Thursday, but he appears to have only minor injuries.
Kappelhof was driving to practice when a U-Haul truck struck his Volkswagen just over a mile away from Toyota Park on Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview. A team source said Kappelhof was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but he seems to be OK.
The news and video of the aftermath for both vehicles was first published by NBC Chicago. According to the report, the driver of the truck fled the scene and drove onto nearby Interstate 55, where the vehicle broke down due to damage from the crash. Two people then fled on foot. One of the suspects tried to jump into the Illinois and Michigan Canal, which is just off the interstate, but both were taken into custody by police.
Kappelhof’s car rolled over and the windshield was smashed. The airbags deployed, but it appeared the driver’s side door was not smashed in.
The 27-year-old Dutch defender has been a mainstay since joining the Fire. He played in 33 of 34 regular season games in both 2016 and 2017 and was an all-star in 2017. Kappelhof started the first 16 games of this season. He was suspended for the last two due to a red card in Colorado on June 13.