Suspects in a robbery on the Southwest Side fled police on Interstate 57 and are believed to have caused a crash that injured at least seven and closed I-57 through Markham.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash about 1:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-57 near 159th Street, according to a release from the lllinois State Police District Chicago. At least one lane was opening up about 5 p.m., State Police said.
Two people were airlifted from the scene with life-threatening injuries and five taken to local hospitals by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries, but further details of the crash were not immediately available, state police said.
Two people suspected involved in the robbery a little after 1 p.m. at 117th Street and Western Avenue were in custody, but being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.
Police were called to the scene about 1:06 p.m. and officers spotted a vehicle believed used by the robbers, O'Brien said. The robbers fled the area and went onto I-57, but Chicago Police did not pursue them, O'Brien said, citing preliminary information.
The suspects' vehicle was then involved in the crash, O'Brien said.
Both directions of I-57 were closed for a time this afternoon, and motorist should expect significant traffic delays through the rush hour as the investigation continues, state police said.