Chicago crash these days: 2 dead, 16 injured in horrific Chatham pile-up close 87th, Cottage Grove; car at fault become stolen, police say - WLS-television

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two individuals have died in a horrific wrong-method crash on Chicago's South side Wednesday night, officers observed.

Seven motors had been worried in the crash near the intersection of 87th and Cottage Grove within the Chatham regional.

A black dodge Charger turned into traveling northbound within the southbound lane of Cottage Grove at a "very excessive price of velocity" round 5 p.m. earlier than coming into the intersection and extraordinary seven vehicles, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown noted. The Charger then stopped in site visitors, facing southbound, and automatically caught fire, killing both occupants in the vehicle.

"this is a really unhealthy crash," Chicago fire branch spokesperson Larry Langford noted. "I've seen many, many -- and here's among the worst."

Langford referred to that the Charger is believed to have set off a chain-reaction crash, according to witnesses on the scene.

Brown talked about 16 americans, including nine little ones and seven adults, were within the other motors that were struck and had been taken to hospitals from the scene. at least four of these people are seriously injured, and one changed into described as "very essential."

essentially the most-significantly injured sufferer changed into in the car that flipped onto its roof.

The ward off Charger become reported stolen out of Markham past in the day Wednesday, in keeping with Brown. A "lengthy-rifle classification of firearm" turned into also discovered int he Charger, Brown delivered.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot stopped at the scene, urging that individuals decelerate.

"this is whatever that we will manage. simply take your foot off the gas and obey the native pace limits," the mayor spoke of.

remaining 12 months, there have been about 150 traffic-connected fatalities in Chicago, Lightfoot noted, including that the city already has a hundred to date this year.

"a lot of these are related to speed," Lightfoot noted. "for those who're going at that excessive-fee of pace, anyone that you hit --no matter if or not it's a car or a pedestrian -- you drastically dimish their potential to live on,"

The intersection is expected to be closed for several hours. Drivers are being advised to evade the enviornment.

The Chicago Police branch's important Accidents division is on the scene investigating the cause of the crash.

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