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Chicago Single-Vehicle Crash Kills 4, Injures 1

Tina Robinson2 years ago

A single-vehicle crash in Chicago on Thursday morning has left four people dead and one other critically injured, according to the Chicago Tribune.

About the Fatal Chicago Crash

Investigators told the Tribune the accident happened at 3 a.m. in the 2600 block of North Narragansett Avenue in the Montclare neighborhood of Chicago. A BMW traveling at a high rate of speed slammed into a concrete wall, narrowly missing about 100 propane tanks by about five feet.

Two front seat occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators said both were wearing seat belts. There were also three backseat occupants, none of whom were wearing seat belts. Two of the backseat passengers were taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Hospital where they died from injuries sustained in the crash. The third passenger was taken to Loyola University Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from a nearby store. “It appears to be a high-speed crash, it appears to be a loss of control by the vehicle,” Major Accidents investigator Elliot Musial told reporters. “In the surveillance video from the store, you see the vehicle come into frame, it’s moving at a high rate of speed, it appears to get partially sideways, then crashes into the abutment.”

Illinois Car Crash Statistics

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 274,111 motor vehicle crashes statewide in 2012. Those crashes resulted in a total of 956 deaths and 83,768 injuries. About 29.9 percent of all crashes involved speed as a contributing factor; speed was a factor in 24.5 percent of all fatal crashes. 

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