A Berkeley woman died this afternoon after her car hit another vehicle and then ran into a tree in Westchester, police said.

The crash happened at about 2:40 p.m. near the intersection of Cermak Road and Portsmouth Avenue, said Sgt. Jeff Mersch.

Based on a preliminary investigation, it appears both vehicles were headed west on Cermak when they collided and each ran into different trees, Mersch said.

The woman who died was identified as Sandra Caban, 49, of the 1200 block of Lind Avenue in Berkeley, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Caban was pronounced dead at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, a medical examiner's spokesman said. She was the only occupant of her car.

The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to a local hospital, but that person's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

An autopsy of Caban has been scheduled for Tuesday.

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