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Box truck breaks down on Stevenson after fleeing Garfield Ridge rollover crash

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Two people have been charged with misdemeanors after a hit-and-run crash Thursday morning in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

A box truck crashed into two other vehicles at 9:22 a.m. in the 5900 block of South Harlem, according to Chicago Police. The crash caused one of the vehicles to roll over.

The 27-year-old man driving the vehicle that rolled over was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn in good condition, police said. The 54-year-old man driving the other vehicle that was hit was treated and released by paramedics at the scene.

Jehad Hussein, 29, of Justice, ran from the scene after the crash, police said. He was later taken into custody by Justice police and identified as the driver of the box truck. He was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license and issued a traffic citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Mahmound Abu-Shtayah, 29, of Burbank, was a passenger in the box truck when the crash occurred, police said. After the crash, he got into the driver’s seat and drove the truck onto the Stevenson Expressway.

When the box truck broke down on the expressway because of the damage it sustained in the crash, Abu-Shtayah got out and attempted to jump into the Illinois and Michigan Canal, police said. He was subsequently charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct, failure to give info or render aid to an injured person and criminal trespass to state land.

Both were expected to appear in court Friday.