Tragedy Strikes Little Village 2 Dead, 2 Injured in Rollover Near Cook County Jail
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Tragedy Strikes Little Village: 2 Dead, 2 Injured in Rollover Near Cook County Jail

Following a rollover collision early on Sunday morning on the Southwest Side, authorities reported that two persons were killed and two more were critically hurt.

Around five in the morning, according to Chicago police, a crash occurred in the Little Village neighborhood close to West 26th Street and South California Boulevard. That is close to the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse and the Cook County Jail.

The two fatalities were passengers in the cars involved in the collision, while the other seven victims are all adults.
One person was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition on Sunday morning, according to police, where they were later declared deceased.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, three other adults were first taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. One of those casualties was declared deceased, according to a police statement later on Sunday afternoon.

According to authorities, the driver of one of the vehicles, a 37-year-old woman, is classified in serious condition. Another individual, solely identified as male, is reported as critically ill. It was unclear at first what caused the crash.

Neighbor Edquinette West remarked, “The way it sounded, I thought someone had hit the building.”

The Lawndale Garden Homes’ residents will never forget the sound of the early-morning crash.

“Just metal crushing… loud, loud metal crushing,” Gwendoyln Baldwin, a neighbor, exclaimed.

Andre Stewart, a neighbor, saw that the driver of the silver KIA SUV was stuck inside. He broke the front windshield in an attempt to save her, along with another person.

Stewart claimed that the victim was donning a uniform from the Chicago Police Department. She is not an officer, according to CPD.

“All I heard is ‘boom!’ Just like that… that is when is started walking around this way, it was like a big old boom sound, like something had blew up,” Stewart stated. “There is a lady in there, the other guy looked behind me and said she is still breathing that’s when we picked up some of the stuff from the accident and stating beating on windshield to get in the car.”

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According to Stewart, the fire personnel completed the task and came right on schedule. The KIA driver, who was 37 years old, was sent to Stroger Hospital. According to Baldwin, speeding-related collisions on 26th Street are frequent at this crossroads.

“They recently added those cameras, but the camera is not going to stop anyone from speeding,” Baldwin stated.

Baldwin dialed 9-1-1 after hearing the crash. She added that four months ago, concrete bollards were installed at the intersection of 26th & California to protect their cars from accidents, and iron fencing had been installed to secure their residences.

“For the residents’ protection, and it worked. My car is okay,” Baldwin stated.

Authorities withheld more details regarding the collision for a short while.


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