Survivors of the Fiery South Side Crash Thank You for Celebrating the Holidays with Your Loved Ones


Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a reverse chain reaction crash on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday night.

Describing the terrifying moment when the fatal collision happened, Lanissa Williams Cole said, “In the blink of an eye I saw my life fly past me.

Chicago police said a Dodge Charger reportedly stolen Wednesday in suburban Markham was traveling the wrong way and struck seven other vehicles at the intersection of Cottage Grove Avenue and city.

A charger caught fire and two people inside the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also said 16 people, including seven children, were taken to hospital in the accident.

“I just saw black. I heard all this crashing and loud noises when the car blew up,” Williams Cole said.

She says she was heading to her family’s home for a Thanksgiving celebration when she was involved in the crash. Now she says she’s lucky to be discharged in time to celebrate the holidays with her loved ones.

“I’m just awake and alive,” she said. “There are two people who didn’t enjoy their (Thanksgiving) dinner.”

New details have surfaced in a violent crash that left two people dead and at least 16 injured, seven of them children. NBC 5’s Alex Maragos provides an update.

Natonia Barrett, William Cole’s cousin, said the two got along like sisters.

“It was difficult,” Barrett said through tears. “Because I know what it was.”

Barrett is counting her blessings now.

“Lanissa’s survival of the accident made it clear to me what I am grateful for,” she said.

The crash investigation is still ongoing.


What do you think?

Written by Natalia Chi

Chicago Popular; Chicago breaking news, weather and live video. Covering local politics, health, traffic and sports for Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana.

Leave a Reply

Holiday-themed events are starting to fill Sauk Valley calendar

Old infrastructure, water main breaks leave Robbins’ residents with low water pressure on holiday