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Published on May 26, 2024
1 Killed, 3 Injured in Chain-Reaction Crash on Chicago's South SideSource: Google Street View

A grim scene unfolded late Saturday night on the South Side of Chicago, when a chain reaction of vehicular impact claimed the life of a woman and left three others grappling with injuries, police confirmed. The accident occurred on the 6400 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue around 10:30 p.m., in the Woodlawn neighborhood, according to WGN-TV.

Initial reports suggest a catastrophic merging of fates as two vehicles, previously ensnared in a collision, were en route to the Third District Police Station to officially report their incident. It was during this journey that they instead crashed into a Chevy SUV. The driver of the Chevy, a 44-year-old woman, was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center where she was pronounced dead—a reminder of the city's relentless dance with tragedy. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has withheld her identity pending family notification.

The collision inflicted severe damage upon the vehicles involved, with the Volkswagen sedan coming to a halt after striking a pole. As first responders navigated the debris-laden street, the Chicago police’s Major Accidents Unit took the helm of the investigation. While details trickle in, the anguish is swiftly dispersed to waiting families, with one woman from the initial collision remaining in critical condition. The drivers of the initial crash find themselves in serious and fair condition as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago police have yet to announce any citations issued in connection to the collision, leaving the weary public to wonder at the circumstances that led to this moment of irrecoverable loss and injury.