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Hit-and-run crash triggered Kennedy Expressway crash, shutdown

A crash involving church van from Milwaukee shut down northbound lanes usually busy Kennedy Expressway downtown Chicago Saturday night. /

A crash involving a church van from Milwaukee shut down the northbound lanes of the usually busy Kennedy Expressway in downtown Chicago Saturday night. / Sam Charles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 9, 2013 8:50PM

A hit-and-run crash triggered the partial shutdown of the Kennedy Expressway near downtown Chicago on Saturday night, police said.

Among the 14 injured were two people described as seriously injured and “a small child,” also seriously hurt, authorities said.

About 8:30 p.m., a church van from Milwaukee was travelling on the northbound Kennedy, driving in the left-center lane. Another vehicle, travelling in the right-center lane, tried to make an illegal lane change, Illinois State Police District Chicago said.

The vehicle, described as a white van, merged into the left-center lane, clipping the church van’s front bumper, state police. The impact caused the church van to lose control.

A Mini Cooper then rear-ended the church van, sending the van into the back of a Toyota Camry, state police said.

The injured were taken to area hospitals.

None of the injuries were be life-threatening, according to the fire department. All four northbound lanes of the expressway were closed after the crash, causing major backups. But all lanes were reopened about an hour later.

Authorities say they haven’t caught the hit-and-run driver.

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