A grisly car crash in the Archer Heights section of Chicago left one man dead and six others severely injured early Sunday morning when two black SUVs collided catastrophically. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the accident occurred around 2:40 a.m. in the 4200 block of South Pulaski.
Debris from the severe crash littered the area as emergency services descended on the scene. One man was pronounced dead right there, among the distorted remains of what were once vehicles designed to protect but were not capable of withstanding the unforgiving physics of a high-speed impact. The identities of the victims have not been released as authorities are still notifying the next of kin.
Other victims did not escape the chaos unscathed. Four of the injured -- two men and two women -- are fighting for their lives in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Another male victim lay in similarly dire straits at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. NBC Chicago reports that a seventh victim, a woman, has been hospitalized in serious condition at Stroger Hospital.
While the community searches for answers and the police continue their investigation, the cause of the brutal crash remains unknown. Area detectives have taken the helm in the search for truth, combing through the wreckage for clues that could shed light on the tragic events that unfolded in the cold, early hours of Sunday morning.