Stolen car plows into multiple vehicles in fatal pile-up on South Side

Chicago Fire Department
At least two people have died in a six-car crash at 87th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago Fire Department officials said. Photo credit Chicago Fire Department

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Two people were killed and 10 others wounded in a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Burnside on the South Side.

About 5 p.m., firefighters responded to a call of multiple people injured in a crash near 87th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

A stolen Dodge Charger was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Cottage Grove Avenue “at a very high rate of speed” when it struck seven other vehicles near the intersection of 87th Street, Chicago police Supt. David Brown said at a news conference at the scene.

The driver and a passenger were pronounced dead after the car, reported stolen from south suburban Markham, caught fire, fire officials said. A gun was found inside the car, according to police.

Ten others, including children, were transported to several nearby hospitals. Four people were in serious-to-critical condition, five in good condition and one in fair condition.

An employee of an electronics store near the scene of the crash said they heard what sounded like a loud explosion and then saw a car in flames.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was sickened when she heard the toll and felt like she needed to visit the scene to warn residents to slow down on the roads.

“When you’re going at that high rate of speed, anyone that you hit, whether it’s a car or pedestrian, you significantly diminish their ability to survive,” Lightfoot told reporters at the scene. “People have to slow down. I am out and about all over the city, and I’m amazed at the level of traffic and the level of speed that people are driving. Just take your foot off the gas and obey the local speed limits.”

Brown echoed the mayor’s plea, asking drivers to have some personal responsibility.
“Slowing down will save lives. Speed kills, and it did tonight. It’s senseless and tragic,” he said.

“We’re praying for all of those that are in area hospitals tonight. We’re praying for the families who are no doubt holding vigil, and we’re praying for the deceased and their families,” Lightfoot said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2022. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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