CHICAGO (CBS) — A violent car crash left one young man dead, and two others critically injured late Thursday night in the South Deering neighborhood.
Their car hit a fire hydrant – apparently while speeding – and then smashed into the porch of a home in the 11600 block of South Torrence Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. The car flipped on its roof in the crash.
The three young men inside were pinned in the vehicle, and firefighters had to use special equipment to free them from the wreckage.
Several neighbors rushed in to help after the crash.
“We broke the window, and drug him through the car window door; the window of the door,” Tom Nolan said. “He couldn’t feel his legs.”
The car was so mangled, it took crews an hour to reach the last victim, and get him out of the car.
The driver, a 19-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two passengers – an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man – were taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Residents said the block has frequent problems with drag racing, but police said they don’t know if that played a role in the crash.