Updated 02/26/12 – 4:43 p.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) — A man and a woman were arguing while riding in a car on the South Side Sunday morning, when the man lost control of the vehicle and struck a fire hydrant, sending them and two children sitting in the backseat to hospitals.

All four of were listed in serious to critical condition from the crash.

The wreck happened about 7:30 a.m. at East 47th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue.

The 21-year-old driver of the 1996 Chevrolet Camaro, Marquis Wadley, and a 22-year-old woman in the front seat, were involved in a verbal altercation when Wadley lost control of the Camaro and struck a fire hydrant, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The two children in the backseat were a 3-year-old girl and a 1 1/2-year-old boy, Mirabelli said. They were taken in serious to critical condition to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Fire Media Affairs Chief Joe Roccasalva said.

The two adults, also initially listed in serious to critical condition, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to Roccasalva. Wadley suffered cuts and a head injury, Mirabelli said.

Wadley, of the 4800 block of South Wabash Avenue, was cited for not having any proof of insurance and is scheduled to appear in traffic court, Mirabelli said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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