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Chicago car accident seriously injures motorists reportedly trying to avoid police chase

A driver, reportedly attempting to get out of the way of an early Monday morning police chase, was involved in a Chicago car accident that sent both the driver and the passenger to the hospital with serious injuries.

The high-speed police chase began about 1:45 a.m. when police heard gunshots and gave chase to a fleeing vehicle, according to The Chicago Breaking News Center.

A vehicle trying to get out of the way of the chase crashed into a viaduct at 5100 S. Princeton Avenue. While police called the crash an unrelated incident, an officer on the scene said the crash was connected to the chase, according to the media report.

The two men inside the car were taken to Stroger Hospital.

One of the occupants was thrown from the vehicle, which resulted in serious head injuries and a broken pelvis. The other occupant reported a loss of feeling in his legs. The condition of neither has been made available.

Police continued the chase on the Dan Ryan Expressway, where police report a gun was thrown from the vehicle and later recovered by authorities near 71st Street.

The car exited the expressway and crashed near 7900 S. Lafayette Avenue. The four occupants were arrested and transported to St. Bernard Hospital for treatment of their injuries.