Two males are dead and three other people are seriously injured following a head-on crash early Sunday in west suburban Lyons. A car going the wrong way on a divided roadway is suspected of causing the crash.
At 4:27 a.m., two people were ejected when two vehicles crashed head-on on southbound Route 171 over 47th Street in Lyons, according to a Lyons police release. Shortly before the crash, police were on their way to find the wrong-way driver in the southbound lanes of Route 171.
A Honda CRV with a family of four inside, and a Buick Park Avenue with only one male occupant, crashed at 2:33 a.m., said Lyons Fire Dept. Chief Gordon Nord.
Two females and two males were inside the SUV, two of whom were "younger" said Nord.
"We found two people on the ground ejected and two still pinned in one vehicle and one person pinned inside the other one," Nord said.
Five additional ambulances were requested and all five victims were taken in serious condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, said Nord.
One unidentified male was pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. while the other was pronounced dead at 3:36 a.m. at Loyola, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Several pieces of rescue equipment, including two cutters and two rescue tools, were brought to the scene. No fire occurred but the crash caused “substantial fluids” such as antifreeze and oil to spill over the roadway.
Both vehicle sustained “severe front end and other major damage and had to be towed from the scene.
The Riverside Fire Department assisted in extricating the other people from the wreckage, the release said.