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I-55 crash seriously injures Bolingbrook woman, 24

Uber passenger dies after car becomes engulfed in flames

A 24-year-old Bolingbrook woman was seriously injured and a 23-year-old Uber passenger was killed in a crash Sunday morning in Chicago.

A 22-year-old Homer Glen man was reportedly driving an Infiniti sedan about 3:20 a.m. Sunday south on the Stevenson Expressway, Interstate 55, when he rear-ended a Hyundai sedan at Damen Avenue, according to a news release from Illinois State Police.

The Hyundai, which was operating as an Uber ride-share vehicle at the time, then caught fire, according to the release. The 47-year-old Uber driver, a man from Schaumburg, 22-year-old Berwyn woman and 23-year-old Lyons man were removed from the vehicle, but Jamie A. Poulos, 23, of Berwyn could not be extricated and died from her injuries.

Poulos was sitting in the back seat of the Uber, and all four occupants had been wearing seatbelts, according to the release.

The 24-year-old Bolingbrook woman had been a passenger in the Infiniti and was taken to an area hospital in serious condition. The 22-year-old Berwyn woman and 23-year-old Lyons man also were taken but remained stable.

It was not clear if those riding in the Infiniti were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Police shut down all lanes of I-55 just before 3:30 a.m. They were reopened about 11 a.m. The investigation continued later Sunday.

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