CHICAGO, IL – One man was killed and at least four others injured Thursday morning, April 1, 2010 at about 2:38 a.m. when a UPS semi truck collided with a passenger car in the South Loop of Chicago, Illinois. The accident occurred at the intersection of West Roosevelt Road and South Canal Street.
The accident happened when an 18-wheeler operated by United Parcel Service was traveling eastbound on West Roosevelt Road attempting to make a left turn at Canal Street. An oncoming 2005 Ford Taurus was traveling westbound on Roosevelt Road at a high rate of speed when it struck the big rig while it was making the left turn. The Ford Taurus struck a fire hydrant from the force of the collision and then caught fire.
A passenger in the Ford Taurus, 25 year old Rafael Lopez, was killed in the accident. He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and pronounced dead at 3:35 a.m. His death was ruled an accident. The medical examiner’s office said that an autopsy performed on Thursday revealed that Lopez died of multiple injuries from an automobile striking a truck.
According to police, the Chicago Fire Department was called to extricate some of the victims. According to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Quention Curtis, two people who were in serious to critical condition were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and three others in fair condition were taken to University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County.
Below is a Google Street View of the intersection at West Roosevelt Road and South Canal Street. You can click the mouse and drag it around to get a full 360° view of the scene of the accident.
Although it was not known immediately which driver was at fault, police said that the driver of the Ford Taurus was taken into custody from the scene. As of Friday at 3:00 p.m., he had not been charged.
The police Major Accident Investigation Unit was requested to the scene to investigate the crash.
As of about 4:40 a.m. Thursday morning, Roosevelt Road remained closed but it was not known immediately how far in each direction. Traffic in the area was reopened at about 5:40 a.m.
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