2 Women Dead In Niles Crash Involving Cook County Sheriff’s Vehicle: Police

September 06, 2018 - 8:34 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Two women were killed when the vehicle they were in was hit by a Cook County sheriff’s office squad car Thursday morning in north suburban Niles, police said.

A Cook County sheriff’s office squad car was eastbound on Dempster Street at 5:47 a.m. when it hit the passenger side of a Honda Accord that was southbound in the intersection with Harlem Avenue, according to a statement from Niles police.

The Niles Fire Department extricated two women from the Honda, the 69-year-old driver and the 64-year-old passenger, police said. They were taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where they were pronounced dead.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released details about the fatalities.

The officer driving the squad car, a 47-year-old man, was also taken to Lutheran General with injuries that were not thought to be life threatening, according to police and sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cara Smith.

Police said weather may have been a contributing factor in the crash, but it remained under investigation Thursday by the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force Major Crash Assistance Team, which includes officers from 13 north suburban departments.

The intersection was expected to remain closed for “an extended period of time,” police said.

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