A stolen Dodge Charger caused a crash involving seven other vehicles on Wednesday afternoon in Burnside on the South Side, causing a large number of deaths and injuries. A gun was found inside the car, according to police.
The wrong-way crash incident occurred around 5 pm on Wednesday.
At least two people were killed and 16 more hurt when the speeding Dodge Charger collided with seven other vehicles in Chicago Wednesday evening. The car was driving in the wrong lane and collided with several cars while en route. The driver was headed north in a southbound lane of traffic.
The Charger then caught fire upon impact with other cars, killing the two occupants and leaving nine people hospitalized with unknown injuries.
A 53-year-old female driver, a 54-year-old man, a 56-year-old female driver, a 6-year-old boy passenger, a 33-year-old male driver, a 10-month-old girl passenger, a 15-year-old girl, a 4-year-old girl, a 37-year-old woman driver, and an 18-year-old male passenger were all injured in the crash.
The occupants of the stolen Dodge Charger were pronounced dead on the scene once authorities arrived. First responders discovered that the fire was what lead to the death of the driver and passenger that were in the stolen car.
An employee of an electronics store near the scene of the crash said they heard a loud explosion and then saw a car in flames. The mayor warned residents to slow down on the roads.
At a news conference following the crash, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged drivers to slow down on city streets. She shared that the city has already seen a lot of car fatalities so far this year, and that she is going to get more aggressive about arresting people. Chicago had 150 traffic-related fatalities last year, and 100 so far this year. A lot of them were related to speed.