(MCT) — Two people died and four others were injured in a chain-reaction crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway that involved two cars, a van, a bus and two semi trucks, officials said.
The accident occurred about 11:15 p.m. Thursday when the semi jack-knifed in the local southbound lanes of the Ryan at 47th Street, state police said. A tour bus hit the trailer of the truck, then another semi, the two cars and the van skidded into the wreckage, authorities said.
A witness told police the jack-knifed semi but was able to straighten out and drove on after the accident. State police said he may have noticed the bus striking the trailer, and they were searching for him this morning.
The driver of the van skidded sideways and hit the back of the second semi, police said. Officials were seeking alcohol-related charges against the driver, state police said.
Two passengers in the van – a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s -- were killed. The man was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The woman was taken in serious-to-critical condition to Stroger Hospital and was pronounced dead after midnight, the office said. Another person was taken to the hospital also in serious-to-critical condition.
The names of the dead were not being released this morning.
Three other people were taken to St. Bernard Hospital in good-to-fair condition, Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.