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Two Chicago women killed in Eisenhower Expressway crash

Authorities investigate after fatal crash early Sunday Interstate 290 First Avenue.  |  NVP News video

Authorities investigate after a fatal crash early Sunday on Interstate 290 at First Avenue. | NVP News video

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Updated: February 14, 2014 6:20AM

Two women were killed in an early morning crash on the inbound Eisenhower Expressway in west suburban Forest Park on Sunday.

About 3:45 a.m., a 1998 Ford Windstar van was stalled in the eastbound center lane on Interstate 290 near the First Avenue exit when it was rear-ended by a 2012 Dodge Durango SUV, according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

The Ford’s driver, 30-year-old Evelette Rivera, and back-seat passenger, 29-year-old Krystle Hernandez, both died on impact, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Rivera, of the 2900 block of North Merrimac Avenue, and Hernandez, of the 3700 block of West Grand Avenue, were both pronounced dead at the scene at 3:55 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

A 25-year-old passenger in the front seat of the Ford and the Dodge Durango’s driver, 26, were both taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

After being shut down for more than four hours, the inbound lanes of the expressway were reopened by 8 a.m.

State police are investigating.

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