Car Plunges Into Calumet River; 1 Person Escapes, 2 People Unaccounted For

Jim Gudas
November 04, 2018 - 1:46 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A man was hospitalized and two others are still missing after a vehicle barreled into the Calumet River early Sunday on the Far South Side.

About 3:30 a.m., a “wet and confused” 26-year-old man was found walking on Torrence Avenue, according to Chicago police. Hours after he was taken to Trinity Hospital in an unknown condition, the man told investigators he was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into the Calumet River.

Shwanda Bell, who said her cousin was one of two people who were in the car and were unaccounted for, said the man asked police when they arrived whether the other two people in the car had made it to shore.

Bell and police said the rescued man said he was able to unlock the car before it went under water, and he believed the other two people were able to get out of the car.

Surveillance footage confirmed the vehicle went into the river in the 13600 block of South Calhoun, police said.

The man believes his two friends — both men, ages 23 and 26 — may still be in the submerged vehicle, police said.

On Sunday afternoon, the vehicle was found unoccupied in the river, police said. CPD’s Marine Unit will continue to search the water for the missing men.

Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2018 also contributed to the report.