According to police, two people were killed and 16 more were injured after a fast stolen car travelling the wrong way down a Chicago street triggered a tragic and fiery pile-up Wednesday night.
The Dodge Charger crashed with seven other vehicles while attempting to accelerate through a crossroads in Chicago’s Chatham neighbourhood around 5 p.m., according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Dodge, which had been reported stolen earlier that day, caught fire in the centre of the junction, killing both occupants.
Seven children and nine adults had to be hospitalized as a result of the crash
The conditions of the injured ranged from fair to good as of Thursday morning, authorities said.
At least 10 ambulances were called in to help with the casualties.
In addition to the burnt-out Dodge, the carnage at the scene included one car that had completely flipped over and multiple other vehicles piled on top of each other.
“It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and I’ve seen many accidents,” Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Merritt said.
The two people inside the stolen Dodge haven’t yet been identified.
The Dodge is being taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office so the remains of the two people can be removed.
Cops said they uncovered a “long-rifle type of firearm” in the smoldering wreck.
The Chicago Police Department’s Major Accidents Unit is still investigating the deadly crash.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the scene of the crash had made her “heart sick.”
“This is something we can control: take your foot off the gas,” Lightfoot said at a news conference following the crash.
“This is something we’re going to have to address on a citywide basis, and in the meantime, if people don’t have respect for themselves or others…we’re going to have more tragedies.”