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1 Dead In Four-Car Pileup On Kennedy Expressway This Morning

By Mae Rice in News on May 6, 2016 7:39PM

A man died and another man was injured in a four-car pileup on the Kennedy Expressway Friday morning. The accident occurred at 7:37 a.m. on I-90 Southbound near Harlem, authorities said.

A preliminary investigation found that the pileup began when the driver of a purple Dodge Caravan—the man who is now deceased—rear-ended a white pickup truck while going a "significant" speed, Illinois State Police said.

The impact of the crash was so great, it pushed the truck into into the car in front of it, and that third car—a blue Chevrolet Cruze, whose driver was hospitalized for injuries—into the car in front of it. State police report the Dodge Caravan driver did not brake or slow down at the moment of impact. He as taken to Lutheran General Hospital and declared deceased.

The Chicago man driving the Chevrolet Cruze, 42, was taken to Resurrection Hospital in Chicago with "non-life-threatening" injuries," state police said. The two other drivers involved, who weren't taken to area hospitals, were a 32-year-old Romeoville man and a 36-year-old Franklin Park woman. All southbound lanes except for the far right shoulder were closed on the I-90 expressway this morning while police investigated the accident.