High-speed crash in Gresham neighborhood sends 3 to hospitals with serious injuries

Liam Ford, Chicago Tribune

Three people were taken to area hospitals initially with serious injuries after a car and an SUV collided in a high-speed crash Tuesday afternoon on the South Side, authorities said.

The crash about 2:20 p.m. near 76th Street and Ashland Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood resulted in both of the vehicles sustaining major damage, with the SUV ending up smashed into a brick gatepost and the two-door car with major damage to its front end and elsewhere on the car, according to photos from the scene.

People from the crash were taken in serious-to-critical condition, some to Advocate Christ Medical Center and at least one to the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to the Chicago Fire Department. At least some of the people involved in the crash were pinned in at least one of the vehicles by the force of the impact.

The crash happened when a 21-year-old man heading north on Ashland at high speed hit head-on a Jeep Cherokee driven by a 59-year-old woman, according to a police spokesman. A 56-year-old woman who was a passenger in the Jeep suffered injures to one of her legs, and both women were taken to Christ Medical Center, where they were being treated in what police said was good condition.

The man was expected to be issued citations for speeding and disregarding rules for changing lanes, the spokesman said.