A automotive rushing down a Chicago road within the mistaken path Wednesday slammed into a number of different autos at an intersection, killing its two occupants and injuring 16 different individuals, together with seven youngsters, police mentioned.
The automobile, a Dodge Charger, was touring “at a really excessive price of pace” the mistaken approach northbound in a southbound lane in Chicago’s South Aspect round 5 p.m. Wednesday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown mentioned at a information convention.
The Charger hit seven different autos when it entered the intersection and burst into flames following the collision, Brown mentioned. Its two occupants have been killed.
The 16 individuals injured have been taken to space hospitals, he mentioned. By Thursday morning, 11 individuals nonetheless have been in hospitals – six in truthful situation, and 5 in good situation, police mentioned. Ten-month-old and 4-year-old women and a 6-year-old boy have been amongst these hospitalized.
The Charger had been reported stolen in Markham, a southern suburb of Chicago, earlier Wednesday and a protracted rifle was discovered contained in the automobile, Brown mentioned.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged drivers to decelerate on metropolis streets.
“Clearly it is a horrible tragedy coming because it does on the eve of Thanksgiving,” Lightfoot mentioned on the information convention following the crash. “Once you’re going at that prime price of pace, anybody that you just hit, whether or not it’s a automotive or a pedestrian, you considerably diminish their means to outlive.”
Investigators are working to find out precisely how briskly the Charger was touring earlier than the crash, Brown mentioned. Site visitors cameras within the space caught a part of the automobile’s journey, he famous.