Chicago car accidents claim two lives in Wheaton and Elmwood Park

A suburban Chicago car accident killed an 81-year-old man near Wheaton on Sunday night, the Daily Herald reported.

Authorities report that a 2004 Dodge Dakota was heading east on Butterfield Road near Arrowhead Drive at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday when the victim’s Mercury Grand Marquis tried to turn out of the golf course to travel west. The truck struck the driver’s side front end of the Mercury.

The victim was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Windfield, where he was pronounced dead at 1:49 a.m. The 23-year-old driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries and released.

Butterfield Road was closed for about three yours as authorities conducted the investigation. The accident remains under investigation and no citations have been issued.

Elsewhere on Monday, a Chicago man died in a traffic accident at the border of the city and Elmwood Park, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. The 40-year-old driver was pronounced dead at 12:51 p.m. at University of Illinois Medical Center following an accident at 2300 N. Harlem Ave., the Sun-Times reported.

No other information about that crash was made available.

Through Monday, a total of 293 fatal Illinois traffic accidents had claimed 431 lives in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. A total of 481 fatal accidents were reported in Illinois during the same period a year ago.

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