Two people were killed and four more seriously injured when two vehicles crashed into a PLS Check Cashiers store in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood on the Northwest Side this morning.
The dead were identified as Franciszek Opiela, 57, of the 7800 block West Sunset Drive in Elmwood Park, and Teresa Cygan, 57, of the 100 block of Cambridge Avenue in Streamwood, said a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. Both were pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center shortly after the crash.
Officials said that the two were on a cleaning crew that had been working Downtown and were heading back to their homes.
Two cars were involved -- a beige Hyundai and a black Honda. The Honda hit a street light and both cars hit the PLS Check Cashiers at 4400 W. Diversey Ave.
Emergency personnel responded at 5:25 a.m. and an EMS Plan 1 was called, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Rich Rosado. Earlier, everyone was listed as being seriously-to-critically injured, he said.
An EMS Plan 1 calls for five ambulances. A sixth had to be brought to the scene, he said.Julio Ayala lives a block north of where the accident took place and was awakened by the sound this morning at 5:02 a.m.
"Three young people were in the Honda and three older people were in the Hyundai," he said. "One was really severe and one wasn't really moving."
He said emergency personnel had to use the jaws of life to remove a person from the car and CPR was being performed on another victim.
"The other three victims were sitting next to the car trying to figure out what happened," Ayala said.
Two people were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, two people were brought to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, one was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and one was taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, according to Rosado.
The EMS Plan 1 was secured by 5:48 a.m., he said.
Randi Belisomo is a reporter for WGN-TV