An I-80 wrong-way crash occurred Wednesday (April 1, 2020) night. The crash led to the death of two men, each of whom were driving at the time.
A fatal wrong-way crash occurred early Sunday (October 20, 2019) morning in Clarendon Hills. This fatal wrong-way crash involved a SUV that was allegedly driving in the wrong direction when it collided with a Volkswagon Jetta. This Clarendon Hills collision happened on Route 83, to the north of the 55th Street intersection.
A double-fatal I-55 crash occurred early Saturday (July 13, 2019) morning. This double-fatal I-55 crash involved a “wrong-way driver.”
Details regarding this double-fatal Stevenson Expressway crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the July 13, 2019 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “2 killed in wrong-way crash on Stevenson identified, 2 critically injured” and the July 13 WBBM Newsradio article titled “2 Killed, 2 Critically Injured in I-55 Wrong-Way Crash.”
There has been a fatal Tri-State Tollway crash near Libertyville. This fatal Tri-State Tollway crash involves a “wrong-way” driver. The person killed was an Illinois State Police (ISP) Trooper identified as Gerald Ellis, 36.
At the time of the crash Ellis was driving home as his shift had ended. The crash happened early this morning (March 30, 2019) at approximately 3:25 a.m. on eastbound I-94 near mile post 16.75 in Green Oaks.
Drivers who travel in the wrong direction, commonly referred to as “wrong-way drivers,” continue to be a substantial traffic safety problem both locally as well as nationally. On this site, many of the crashes that involve “wrong-way drivers” that have occurred in the Chicago area as well as throughout Illinois are discussed in posts in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category. As seen in those posts, this type of crash is problematical for many reasons. Typically these crashes lead to serious accident injuries to vehicle occupants, and fatalities often occur either immediately or a short time after the collision.
“Wrong-Way Driver” accidents continue to happen in the Chicago area, as well as throughout Illinois and nationally. Due to the severity of these accidents, there have been various actions taken to try to reduce or eliminate such crashes. Among those actions taken is to post “Wrong Way” signs to alert potential drivers they are traveling in the wrong direction.
As seen in the crashes discussed in posts that are found in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category, this type of crash is problematical for many reasons. Typically such crashes lead to serious accident injuries to vehicle occupants, and fatalities often occur at the accident scene or shortly after such a crash.
“Wrong-Way Driver” crashes are an ongoing traffic safety issue nationally as well as in the Chicago area. These crashes are particularly troublesome as they often result in “head-on” collisions that cause serious accident injuries to all vehicle occupants. In many instances these injuries result in fatalities.
On this site, many Illinois vehicle accidents causing injuries and fatalities have been summarized. The summaries regarding drivers who are driving in the wrong direction and have caused accidents are found in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.
“Wrong-Way Driver” accidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways as well as those throughout Illinois. These incidents are notable in many respects. Drivers who drive in the wrong direction often pose a great threat to both themselves as well as other motorists. Should the “wrong-way driver” collide with oncoming traffic, which is common, the accident injuries to all vehicle occupants are often serious in nature, and often are life-threatening. One of the reasons that such injuries caused by the “wrong-way driver” are serious is that the “head-on collision” that often occurs are inherently highly physically traumatic to those involved.
“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways, as well as throughout Illinois. When a driver is traveling in the wrong direction accidents often occur, due in part because drivers who are traveling in the right direction are not expecting a car to be driving in the wrong direction. Often, the crashes that result are “head-on collisions” which happen at highway speeds. Such high-speed “head-on collisions” of this nature subject vehicle occupants to tremendous forces. The force of the collisions often cause serious injuries to those involved, and often fatalities result.
“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area expressways, as well as throughout Illinois. As seen in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” posts on this site, in which many such accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” are summarized, when a driver is traveling in the wrong direction accidents often occur. Often, such crashes are “head-on collisions” which happen at highway speeds. “Head-on collisions” of this nature often cause serious, if not life-threatening, accident injuries to vehicle occupants. Most “wrong-way driver” crashes involve drunk drivers or drivers who are impaired because of drug use.