“Wrong-Way Driver” incidents continue to happen on Chicago-area roads, as well as throughout Illinois. On this site, such incidents are discussed in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” posts. As seen in the various incidents, when a driver drives in the wrong direction it often leads to crashes. Accident injuries are usually serious, if not fatal in nature, for the vehicle occupants. There are various reasons that such accidents cause substantial injuries. Among these reasons is that such crashes are often “head-on collisions” which happen at higher speeds. “Head-on collisions” of this nature often cause serious, if not life-threatening, accident injuries to those involved. Most, but not all, of such “wrong-way” crashes happen on highways or expressways and are caused by drunk drivers or drivers who are otherwise impaired. The majority happen in the early morning hours.
There was a crash late Tuesday night (November 28, 2017) which involved one car driving in the wrong direction, i.e. a “wrong-way driver.”
According to Chicago Police, the accident occurred as a 2017 Toyota Camry was driving south in the northbound lanes, in the 1500 block of South Lake Shore Drive.
“Wrong-way drivers” continue to be a Chicago-area traffic safety hazard, primarily on expressways and toll roads. As seen in the many accidents involving “wrong-way drivers” (many of which are summarized on this site in the “wrong-way drivers” category) many of these accidents result in one or more fatalities. Most of the drivers who are driving in the wrong direction are doing so while intoxicated on alcohol and/or drugs.
There have been many efforts made to reduce the number of these “wrong-way drivers.” Some of the efforts have included increased police enforcement, as well as placing large red signs on expressway ramps alerting drivers if they are driving in the wrong direction. Various technologies are also being investigated.
There was a crash on I-80 near Minooka early Sunday morning (January 29, 2017) involving a car traveling in the wrong direction.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), this “wrong-way driver” crash happened as the driver of a 2003 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-80. At 3:07 a.m., the car crashed “head-on” with a semi truck about two miles east of Ridge Road.
Accidents which occur while drivers are driving in the wrong direction continue to cause serious – and in many cases – fatal injuries. In most instances these “wrong-way driver” crashes happen when the driver is intoxicated. On this site, such crashes are summarized in the “Wrong-Way Drivers” category.
There was a fatal accident early Monday morning (January 2, 2016) in Chicago’s Loop. The accident involved a driver heading in the wrong direction in the 100 block of South Wells.
There was a fatal “wrong-way driver” crash Saturday evening (December 3, 2016) on the Chicago Skyway.
According to information provided by Chicago Police, the accident happened at approximately 9:40 p.m., as a Jeep Patriot was driving east in the westbound lanes (i..e. driving in the wrong direction) of the Chicago Skyway. At that time, the Jeep Patriot ran into a Dodge Caravan in a “head on” collision. The collision occurred near 92nd Street.
There was a “wrong-way driver” accident early Friday morning (December 2, 2016) on Interstate 88 (I-88) in Naperville. The accident, which involved a “head-on collision” between two cars, led to the deaths of three people.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 12:55 a.m., in the westbound lanes of I-88 (Reagan Tollway) near Mill Street. At that time, near mile marker 125.75, the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry was driving in the wrong direction (i.e. driving eastbound) in the westbound lanes, and crashed “head-on” into a 2007 Chrysler 300.
There was a “wrong-way driver” collision on Route 83 near Addison in the early morning hours of August 3, 2016. This Kingery Highway crash involved a United States Postal Service (USPS) semi tractor-trailer colliding with a SUV that had crossed into an opposing traffic lane.
According to information provided by the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at approximately 1:00 a.m., on Route 83 near Interstate 290.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) a preliminary investigation indicates that the crash happened at approximately 4:10 a.m. on Route 53 near Euclid Avenue. At that time, a driver of a 2014 Toyota, who was driving southbound in the northbound lanes, struck a 2010 Chevrolet in a “head-on” collision. The Toyota then continued driving in the wrong direction and crashed “head-on” with a 2006 Toyota van that was a taxi.
There was a fatal “wrong-way” driver crash early Saturday morning on the Bishop Ford Freeway in Dolton, according to the Illinois State Police (ISP).
The accident happened as a SUV was driving north in the southbound lanes near 147th Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. At that time, the SUV collided “head-on” with a southbound car.