2 killed, 2 injured in car crashes in Chicago

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Two people were killed and two more seriously injured when their vehicle collided with a concrete wall and hurtled off a Chicago freeway onto a street some 43 feet below, police said.

The vehicle was “traveling too fast for road conditions” on Interstate 55, also known as the Stevenson Expressway, when the accident occurred around 4 a.m., Illinois State Police said.

The vehicle went off the road, collided with a light pole and landed on the street in the McKinley Park neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side, Illinois State Police Omoayena Williams said.

A preliminary state police report did not specify road conditions at the time of the accident, but Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois, said the area received periodic lake-effect snowfall.

The 27-year-old man driving the Hyundai Veloster and a 22-year-old female passenger died, while a 21-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were hospitalized with serious injuries, police said. They were all from Chicago.

Authorities have not released the names of the two deceased.

The Chicago crash comes days after a pickup truck hurtled about 70 feet (21 meters) off a slippery interchange off ramp in Wisconsin. The driver survived that accident and has said that he is grateful to be alive after this truck fell onto the shoulder of Interstate 94 in the Milwaukee area.

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