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3 dead, 5 wounded in Chicago area crashes

Updated: April 6, 2013 3:13PM

Three men were killed and five others were injured in vehicle crashes around the Chicago area this weekend began.

About 10:40 p.m. Friday, a 24-year-old driver was killed and two passengers were injured when a speeding 2001 black Audi coupe crashed into a garage in the 10400 block of South Georgia Lane in southwest suburban Oak Lawn, police said.

The identity of the driver, who was dead at the scene, is not being released pending family notification, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The front seat passenger and rear seat passenger, both males, were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Two people in the house at the time were not injured, police said. The garage sustained “significant damage.”

About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a man was killed and another was seriously injured when a 2006 silver Lincoln hit a pole in the 4800 block of South Damen Avenue about 12:25 a.m. Saturday in the South Side New City neighborhood, police said.

The 35-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to medical examiner’s office. His identity was withheld pending notification of relatives. The driver, 25, also was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the one-vehicle crash, but no charges or citations have been issued, police said.

A 36-year-old man died early Saturday after the car he was driving struck a fixed object in the 8100 block of North Caldwell Avenue about 2 a.m. Saturday in north suburban Niles, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was dead at the scene, according to a medical examiner’s office spokeswoman, who declined to release his identity pending notification of relatives.

Niles police were not immediately available for comment.

In addition, two paramedics suffered minor injuries when the ambulance they were traveling in collided with a school bus when an ambulance crashed into a school bus just before 9 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of West Grand and North Central avenues.

The ambulance was responding to a call in the 5900 block of West Grand Avenue when the crash occurred, a Chicago Fire official said.

There were no children aboard the bus; the sole occupant aboard the bus refused medical treatment.

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