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Woman survives fiery I-290 crash with help from Good Samaritan

Updated: May 29, 2013 8:25AM

A minivan caught fire following a dramatic crash on the Eisenhower Expressway early Wednesday, according to Illinois State Police.

State police said the chain of events was put in motion about 1:39 a.m., when a woman, traveling north on I-290, lost control of her minivan and crashed into a light pole near Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village, state police said.

After hitting the pole, her van travelled across all four lanes of the expressway and struck the cement median before coming to a stop, state police said.

State police said a Good Samaritan stopped to help the woman -- who was in the van talking on her cell phone at the time -- advising her to get out of the vehicle.

“A Good Samaritan stopped by, walked up to the female driver opened the door and advised to get out of the van,” said Illinois State Police District Two Master Sgt. Neal Schaffer. (The van) might have been smoking at that point, but she left under her own control.”

Shortly thereafter the van caught on fire, state police said.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash, though the van became fully engulfed in flames, state police said.

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