CHICAGO — A woman was killed and a child was critically injured in a rollover crash on the Eisenhower Expressway.
The accident happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday on the inbound Eisenhower near Des Plaines Ave.
Illinois State Police said the female driver was pronounced dead and the child was transported to Loyola Hospital in serious condition.
One man said he saw the crash and rushed to help. The car was consumed by flames and smoke. The woman and the child were both ejected from the vehicle.
“I saw her and she went over from the left lane to the right land and she hit that wall and flipped over a couple of times and burst into flames,” the witness said.
He and others pulled over to see if they could help. They found the female driver dead on the road. The witness said when he went back he heard a baby crying.
“It was a little girl between 6 and 7 years old on the ground,” he said.
With flames growing and the car on the verge of exploding, they took action.
“We didn’t care if the car was on fire, we were just trying to help get them to safety, but we noticed the lady gone already,” he said. “We heard crying behind the truck, looked down and it was the baby all bloodied-up and everything. So we picked up the baby and moved her down far enough to not catch on fire.”
Police have not said what the relationship was between the woman who died and the child in her car.
The woman’s identity has not yet been released.