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Toddler Dies, 2 Others Seriously Hurt in Lower Wacker Crash

A catastrophic U-turn on Lower Wacker Drive left a baby girl dead and two adults fighting for their lives early Friday.

At 1:09 a.m., a Mazda 3 was heading west in the first block of West Lower Wacker Drive and made a U-turn at an intersection, according to Chicago police. It struck an Acura MDX driving east on a green light and then careened into a wall.

Amaria Glenn, a 1-year-old baby, was ejected from the Mazda, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in critical condition before dying within the hour.

A police source said she was not in a car seat when the crash unfolded.

The driver of the Mazda, a 29-year-old woman, and a 29-year-old man who was her passenger were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. They were both seriously hurt.

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Inside the Acura were two women, 18 and 19, and two men, both 19, who all declined medical treatment, police said. One of the men was the driver.

Glenn lived in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, the medical examiner’s office said. She was initially identified by Chicago police as a 3-year-old.

Lower Wacker Drive remained closed off from Michigan Avenue to Post Place until about 5:30 a.m.

Chicago police’s Major Accidents unit is investigating the crash.

The Chicago Fire Department did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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