CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two Chicago police officers were injured in a crash in Marquette Park Friday afternoon.
Superintendent David Brown tweeted the officers were responding to a call about a stolen vehicle when the crash happened. He said he had visited the officers in the hospital and both had multiple broken bones, but are expected to recover.
Witnesses said they saw the officers speeding after another vehicle before crashing head on into a tree near the intersection of 72nd and Fairfield.
Chicago police said officers were responding to the stolen vehicle report around 2:40 p.m. when they swerved to avoid striking another vehicle in traffic. They lost control of the unmarked police car and struck a tree.
The Chicago Fire Department said two officers in the vehicle were taken to Christ Hospital in serious condition.
Two suspects are in custody in relation to the stolen vehicle, police said.
"Because it's virtually a quiet block. You usually don't see no kind of activity like this especially the police. You don't see the police come on the block, not like this. So, this is a surprise," said resident Ricky Pittman.
"I'm just glad there weren't any kids outside. That's a good thing. Got to be glad there were no kids outside, and I hope they recover. It could've been worst," said wtness Britney Whitehead.