7 Injured, Including 5 Children, As Taxi Crashes Into Chicago Building: Fire Officials

Seven people, including five children, were injured Friday afternoon when a taxi crashed into a building in Chicago, fire officials said. 

The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m. in the 7100 block of S. Yates Blvd. in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. A witness said it was a two-vehicle crash and all of the people injuries were in one of the vehicles.

Five children were transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in stable condition, according to the fire department. One adult, believed to be the driver of the vehicle, was taken Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition and another adult was taken to Trinity Hospital in serious condition.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford confirmed all the people in the taxi were a family. The children were not wearing seat belts, he added.

Authorities said the car was traveling northbound on Yates Boulevard when it crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic, over the parkway, through a fence and hit the building. 

Lamika McCloud witnessed the crash and allowed one of the victims to use her cellphone.

"The lady was speeding down the street, everyone was at a standstill because of the light and she was flying and couldn't stop and she hit the back of the cab driver and ran him off the road and he hit the building and he had his whole family in the car," McCloud said.

It is not clear where the other car possibly involved in the crash went.

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