Video shows car splitting in half in fire crash at East Garfield Park; Pilot fled – CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) – A car was caught on camera rolling down Madison Street on the city’s West Side on Monday morning, only to crash and split in two.
More unbelievably, the driver fled the scene. But as CBS 2’s Meredith Barack reported, the glass and debris from the crash remained several hours later, and there were also several items left behind that apparently belonged to the driver – including clothes, a bath. of mouth and a mother’s day card.
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But the driver himself was nowhere to be found at the end of the day on Monday afternoon.
The crash happened just before 8 a.m., interrupting a quiet morning on Madison Street between California and Washtenaw avenues in East Garfield Park.
The video you will only see on 2 showed a Nissan traveling east when it suddenly swerved and hit a light pole. The car, now in two pieces, flew between a building and a second lamppost – the front half being stopped by a third lamppost.
Everything was captured on surveillance footage from Acorn Granite, Marble and Soapstone, 2727 W. Madison St. Down the street, Jose Salinas had just arrived at his business, Chicago Pups.
“We just heard like a loud bang, then a few bangs actually, and then just tire screams,” Salinas said.
Part of the split car caught fire after crashing. As the fire in the block increased, something else caught Salinas’s attention.
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“I looked over the fence and then like the first thing I saw it was just someone coming down, like down the block,” he said.
That someone was the driver. Police believe he is a 27-year-old man.
Salinas said the man had a big gash on his head. Salinas feared someone else was hurt, and he himself ran into the flames.
“So, I just like the throw – I tried to get in close, as close as I could, but like the heat was too much,” Salinas said. “So, I walked around, but I was determined to find out if there was anyone in the car so we could get them out.”
Several other employees also ran outside – one of them attempting to put out the flames with a small hose. The fire was so aggressive that it even melted the glass on a nearby light.
Hours later, as police searched for the person behind the wheel, Salinas said he was grateful no one else was injured.
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“I’m just glad everyone was okay,” he said. “I’m glad my neighbors were doing well.”