Dramatic images and audio have been released by police in the Oak Lawn crash last month that claimed the lives of two nuns and the driver.
The 11 car pile up occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday October 5th.
Oak Lawn police released surveillance video of the crash to WGN. It shows an out of control Ford pickup truck plowing into cars speeding toward 95th and Cicero. It approaches the intersection already in the wrong lane and misses a motorcycle by inches.
In the blink of an eye, the truck plows head-on through 10 cars stopped at the light. 23 people were injured. Two nuns were killed. 86-year-old Sister Jean Stickney and 48-year-old Sister Kab Kyoung Kim, known as Sister Anna, served at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. They were on their way home from a shopping trip.
The driver of the pickup was also killed. 81-year-old Edward Carthans of Morgan Park was seen minutes earlier, slumped over the wheel of his Ford F-150. A passerby asked if he needed help and says Carthans sped away hitting three vehicles before the crash. He had a clean driving record.
It was the worst automobile crash Oak Lawn has ever seen. The cause is under investigation still. Toxicology and emissions tests are being done to determine whether the driver of the truck may have been under the influence or overcome by carbon monoxide.
(911 audio courtesy of Oak Lawn Patch)