A wrong-way chain reaction crash killed two people and injured more than a dozen others in Chicago’s South End on Wednesday night, and those who survived are grateful they were able to make it to the table for Thanksgiving.
“In the blink of an eye, I saw my life pass before me,” Lanissa Williams-Cole said of the terrifying moment she experienced when the fatal crash happened.
Chicago police say a Dodge Charger, which was reported stolen in suburban Markham on Wednesday, was traveling the wrong way and crashed into seven other cars at the intersection of Cottage Grove Avenue and 87e Street.
The loader caught fire and the two people inside the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police also said the accident sent 16 people to hospital, including seven children.
“I just saw black. I heard it all crashing and a big bang when the car exploded,” Williams-Cole said.
She says she was heading to a family member’s house for Thanksgiving festivities when she was caught up in the crash. Now she says she feels lucky to have been released from hospital in time to mark the holidays with her loved ones.
“Just wake up and be alive,” she said. “I could still enjoy the (Thanksgiving) dinner where there are two people who can’t.”
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William-Cole’s cousin, Natonia Barrett, said they were close as sisters.
“It was tough,” Barrett said, fighting back tears. “Because we know what it could have been.”
Barrett is now counting his blessings.
“Lanissa surviving the accident made it clear to me what I’m grateful for,” she said.
An investigation into the accident is still ongoing.