Car Slams Into Carnival Ride Near I-57
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UPDATED 06/01/11 7:22 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – A car slammed into a carnival ride in the Morgan Park neighborhood Tuesday morning, prompting authorities to shut down an off-ramp on Interstate 57.
The driver of the Jeep Wrangler apparently lost control of the car while exiting the expressway at 119th Street, and went careering right into a carnival that was set up in a parking lot at the intersection with Marshfield Avenue.
The car hit a pirate ship ride with an Egyptian motif, and ended up underneath the ride.
Rescue crews were on the scene as of shortly before 7 a.m., and had to remove the hood of the car.
The ramp from southbound I-57 to 119th Street was blocked off.
Fire officials said the driver was extracted and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious-to-critical condition. It was not known if this was the driver, or how many people were involved in the incident.
There was no estimation about damage to the ride.