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Car Slams Into Carnival Ride Near I-57

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.

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