A Steger man was killed and three other people were hurt when a minivan rear-ended a car stopped in the express lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway near 26th Street this morning.
At about 4:20 a.m., a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica was stopped for traffic ahead while traveling northbound in the express lanes on I-94 near 26th Street, Illinois State Police Sgt. Jose R. De Jesus said in an e-mailed statement.
While stopped, the Chrysler was rear-ended by a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander minivan, which caused the Chevrolet to hit the right wall and flip over, the statement said.
The minivan was occupied by three people, but at this time, it is not clear who was behind the wheel, the statement said.
One of the minivan's occupants was taken to Northwestern Hospital and listed as being in serious condition while another, 32-year-old Dennis Moore of Steger, was transported to John Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, the statement said.
Moore, of the 3000 block of West 34th Street in the south suburb, was pronounced dead at 5:08 a.m. at Stroger, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The driver of the Chrysler was also transported to Stroger hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation remains ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time, the statement said.
Local lanes remained open even after the accident, but express lanes had earlier been closed at 26th Street before re-opening in mid-morning.
Fire officials transported four people to area hospitals in critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said.
All of the injured had to be extricated from their vehicles, MacGregor said.
Two of those injured were taken to Stroger hospital, and two were taken to Northwestern Memorial, MacGregor said.