Survivors of Fiery South Side Crash Grateful to Holiday with Loved Ones – NBC Chicago

A chain reaction crash in the wrong direction killed two people and injured more than a dozen others on Chicago’s South Side Wednesday night, and those who survived are thankful they were able to make it to the Thanksgiving dinner table.

“In the blink of an eye I saw my life fly before me,” said Lanissa Williams-Cole describing the terrifying moment she had when the fatal crash happened.

Chicago police said a Dodge Charger reported stolen Wednesday in suburban Markham went the wrong way and crashed into seven other cars at the intersection of Cottage Grove Avenue and 87e Street.

The charger caught fire and both persons in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also said the accident sent 16 people to hospital, including seven children.

“I just saw black. I heard all that crash and a big poof when the car exploded,” said Williams-Cole.

She says she was on her way to a relative’s house for Thanksgiving festivities when she got involved in the accident. Now she says she feels lucky to have been released from the hospital in time to celebrate the holidays with loved ones.

“Just wake up and live,” she said. “I could still enjoy (Thanksgiving) dinner where two people can’t.”

New details are emerging in a fiery crash that killed two people and injured at least 16 others, seven of whom were children. NBC 5’s Alex Maragos has the update.

William-Cole’s niece, Natonia Barrett, said they are close as sisters.

“It was hard,” Barrett said, fighting back tears. “Because we know what it could have been.”

Barrett is now counting her blessings.

“Lanissa surviving the accident made me see clearly what I’m thankful for,” she said.

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

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