Charges are pending Sunday morning against a Streets and Sanitation worker who police say had been drinking before he lost control of his pickup truck and plowed into a crowded sidewalk.
A group of a roughly a dozen people helped to lift a truck off two people pinned underneath it when the truck jumped the curb and struck a crowd in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, a witness said.
Eight people were injured, four seriously, in the crash near Rush and Cedar streets shortly after noon Saturday, officials said.
The victims included models dressed as a bride and groom who were taking part in a photo shoot. The first in what should be a series of lawsuits was filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Three witnesses told NBC Chicago the driver "looked intoxicated" and was calmly smoking a cigarette during the aftermath of the crash.
Responding officers had him submit to field sobriety tests, a witness said, adding that the driver had difficulty walking in a straight line.
Police, who believe alcohol was involved, said the 61-year-old driver would be charged Sunday morning.
The city employee was part of a "loop unit," with duties to empty trash baskets and clean debris. He was in the middle of a shift that began at 6 a.m., officials said. He was required to submit to drug and alcohol testing, which is standard whenever there's an accident.
None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, said Fire Media Affairs spokesman Larry Langford.
The most seriously injured was a nanny. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
"She'll make it," said Langford.
A child among the injured was taken to Children's Memorial Hospital.
The police department's Major Accidents Unit is investigating the crash.
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