A driver who was among two people killed when police say the car he was traveling in collided with another vehicle on Interstate 57 has been identified as a Chicago firefighter, officials said.
According to Illinois State Police, 55-year-old Brian Schofield, of Chicago, was killed in the two-car crash that also left another driver dead.
Police said the accident happened when a 2009 Hyundai Sedan collided with a blue 2005 Jeep utility head-on near 183rd Street. Police said a preliminary investigation showed the Hyundai was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the roadway at the time.
The Hyundai struck a guardrail at a high-rate of speed and "became fully engulfed in flames."
Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Chicago Fire Department confirmed Schofield was a firefighter. It was not immediately clear which car he was driving.
The other driver killed was not immediately identified.
Police noted that seatbelts were not used during the crash.
All northbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for several hours as an investigation was conducted.