Two Killed, 2 Critical in High Speed Crash with a Tree in Washington Park in Chicago

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Police and firefighters and paramedics from Chicago responded about 7:52 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2022 to a report of vehicle fire near Morgan Drive and Rainey Drive on the Washington Park Chicago Park District grounds. Upon arrival, Engine 60s crew discovered that a van had been involved in a high-speed crash with a tree.




The van was wrapped around a tree, and firefighters initially were not certain how many victims were inside the van.

The first person was extricated by about 8:11 p.m. A second person was extricated a short time later. Two victims — an adult male and an adult female — were pronounced dead at the scene. A prolonged extrication was required to remove the deceased victims.

Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” extrication tools, that can cut and spread metal, in order to remove the victims. Firefighters also used power saws to remove and secure parts of the tree in order to conduct the extrication safely. The last victim was removed about 10:05 p.m.




Two patients were transported Code Red (triage designation) to the Level 1 Trauma Center at University of Chicago Medicine, where they were listed in critical condition.

This week a Guatemalan contingent is training alongside Fire Candidates and Chicago Fire Department staff. This week’s training began this morning with extrication training.

The information in this article is an early report published before complete summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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