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Motorist dead after crashing into South Side home

Updated: June 13, 2013 7:56AM



A motorist was killed after he crashed a car into a vacant home Thursday in the South Side Chatham neighborhood.

Witnesses said a white BMW was traveling at a high rate of speed while turning west onto 87th Street from Indiana Avenue when the driver lost control and struck a home at 77 E. 87th St. about 5:15 a.m., said police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

The force of the crash ruptured a gas line and pinned the driver’s side of the car into the home, according to Fire Media Affairs. A Level 1 Hazmat was called for the crash.

Peoples Gas was able to secure the gas leak, Mirabelli said.

The driver, an adult male, was dead at the scene, according to Fire Media Affairs.

There were no other injuries, Mirabelli said.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is investigating.

The CTA #87 bus line has been rerouted around the crash site, according to the CTA.



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