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UPDATED: Driver charged in fatal I-290 crash

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UPDATE 4:29pm:
The driver of the Explorer, 31-year-old Margot Santillan of Chicago, has been charged with the following:

  • Improper lane usage
  • Failure to reduce speed
  • No valid driver's license
  • No insurance
  • Suspended registration for no insurance

Four females, all from Chicago, died in the crash. Three males and another female, also all from Chicago, were taken to local hospitals with various injuries ranging from non-life threatening to serious. Only Santillan and the front-seat passenger were wearing seatbelts.


UPDATE 11:42am:
Illinois State Police say the SUV was carrying eight adults when it lost control, rolled over, and crashed while speeding. Many of the passengers were not wearing seatbelts and at least three died after being thrown from the vehicle. The fourth fatal victim was in the passenger seat and wearing a seatbelt. The driver survived.

The names of the victims of the crash have not been released, but police say all had work IDs from a Chicago temporary employment agency and were on their way to the western suburbs.


Four are dead and traffic is being diverted after the driver of a silver 2003 Ford Explorer going west on Interstate 290 lost control and crashed just after 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

It is not currently known why the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn, but the crash is under investigation by Illinois State Police. Four additional people were injured. The names and ages of the victims have not been released.

Traffic is currently being rerouted off of 290 westbound at Route 83. Drivers should expect long delays.


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