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1 dead, 1 hurt in Dan Ryan crash that threw them onto Red Line tracks

A motorcycle hit the concrete median on southbound I-94 near 47th Street, authorities said. Two people were thrown from the bike and landed on the Red Line tracks.

One person was killed and another was seriously injured when they were thrown onto the CTA Red Line tracks near 47th Street after a crash Sept. 4, 2020, on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
One person was killed and another was seriously injured when they were thrown onto the CTA Red Line tracks near 47th Street after a crash Sept. 4, 2020, on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
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A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Friday on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side.

A 40-year-old Country Club Hills man was driving the Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on I-94 just after 1 a.m. when the bike veered onto the left shoulder and hit the concrete median, according to Illinois State Police.

The man and his passenger, a 55-year-old Country Club Hills woman, were thrown from the bike and landed on the adjacent CTA Red Line tracks, state police said. The woman was dead at the scene, while the man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition.

A body could be seen covered with a sheet on the tracks near the 47th Street station as authorities investigated.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the woman as Gala Edwards Savage.

Service on the Red Line was suspended between 35th and 63rd but resumed by 7:30 a.m., according to service alerts from the CTA. Trains resumed making stops at the 47th Street station at 9 a.m.

The southbound express lanes of I-94 were closed for several hours near 47th as troopers investigated, state police said. They reopened shortly before 7:30 a.m.

No charges have been filed as the crash remains under investigation, according to state police.