Two people were killed and 16 others, including children, were injured after a stolen car traveling the wrong way on a Chicago street caused a horrific and fiery jam Wednesday night, police said.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the accident occurred when a Dodge Charger collided with seven different cars as it attempted to speed through an intersection in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood around 5 p.m.
The Dodge, which was reported stolen earlier in the day, caught fire in the middle of the intersection – killing the two people inside.
Seven children and nine adults were hospitalized as a result of the accident
The authorities said that the conditions of the injured ranged between moderate and good until Thursday morning.
At least 10 ambulances were called to assist the injured.
In addition to the burning Dodge, the carnage at the scene included one car that was completely overturned and several other vehicles piled on top of each other.
“It was like nothing I’d seen before, and I’ve seen many accidents,” said Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department.
The two people inside the stolen Dodge have yet to be identified.
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 discovered a “long-range firearm” in the smoldering wreckage.
The Chicago Police Department Major Incident Unit is still investigating the fatal crash.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the crash scene gave her “heart disease”.
“This is something we can control: take your foot off the gas,” Lightfoot said at a press conference following the accident.
“This is something we have to address at the city level, and in the meantime, if people don’t respect themselves or others…we’re going to have more tragedies.”