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Drivers who drive in the wrong direction continue to present a serious traffic safety problem.  Numerous “wrong-way” crashes have been summarized on this site in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.

These “wrong-way driver” crashes are notable in many regards.  The crashes usually involve extremely strong physical forces.  These forces lead to tremendous physical trauma to all vehicle occupants.  It is common for one or more fatalities to result in such crashes.

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A Stevenson Expressway (I-55) wrong-way driver accident occurred early Friday (August 20, 2021) morning.  This Stevenson Expressway wrong-way driver collision led to the deaths of three people.  All three people died at the accident scene.  The crash involved a car and a SUV in the outbound lanes of I-55 near Cicero Avenue.  Illinois State Police went to the accident scene at about 12:35 a.m.

Details regarding this fatal collision remain somewhat limited at this time.

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On this site many accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” have been summarized.  These crashes are notable in many regards.  They often lead to serious accident injuries that in many cases result in one or more fatalities.

These crashes involving drivers traveling in the wrong direction have occurred throughout the Chicago area.  Often, these accidents occur early in the morning, and the driver who is driving in the wrong lane is driving while intoxicated, caused by excessive alcohol consumption.

Saturday (May 29, 2021) morning there was a fatal wrong-way crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  The crash involved three vehicles and led to two people being killed and two other people being injured.

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Wrong-way drivers continue to be a significant traffic safety problem.  On this site, various accidents that have involved wrong-way drivers have been summarized in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.  These crashes are notable in many regards, especially since they usually result in severe injuries and, in many cases, one of more fatalities.

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“Wrong-way drivers” continue to pose a substantial threat to traffic safety.  On this site, crashes of this type that have occurred throughout Illinois are discussed in posts found under the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.  Due to the nature of these crashes – which often involve violent collisions – accident injuries resulting from these crashes are often severe in nature.  Often, life-threatening if not fatal accident injuries result.

A November 22, 2020 fatal collision along Interstate 55 (I-55) near Wilmington allegedly involved a “wrong-way driver.”  This collision led to the death of Nicholas J. Ercolini, 33, of Blackstone, Illinois.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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