Dan Ryan Expressway Wrong-Way Crash Leads To Two Fatalities

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.

This “wrong-way” crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the May 30, 2021 Chicago Tribune article titled “Wrong-way, 3-vehicle collision leaves 2 dead, 2 injured on Dan Ryan Expressway, state police say.”  An excerpt from the article:

Two people were killed and two others were injured Saturday morning when a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on the Dan Ryan Expressway. It was at least the second fatal wrong-way crash along that stretch of the Dan Ryan in Englewood in about three months.

Illinois State Police responded to Interstate 94 south, north of 63rd Street, to investigate the crash about 10:55 a.m., according to a news release from the agency, sent via email about 24 hours after the collision.

For an unknown reason, it said, the driver of a gold 2014 Chevrolet Equinox was traveling north in the southbound lanes. The Equinox then struck a red 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer head-on. The impact of the initial crash then caused the Equinox to continue on into the path of a gray 2006 Nissan Sentra, which it also struck.

A woman in the Sentra, identified as Teresa Sandoval, 66, of Chicago, suffered life-threatening injuries.  According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, she died later that morning.

The driver of the Sentra was also injured.  He was identified as Francisco Sandoval, 66, of Chicago.  His injuries were considered non-life-threatening in nature.

The driver of the Chevrolet Equinox, a 53-year-old man from Naperville, was injured and taken to the hospital.  He died from his accident injuries.

It is unknown why the driver was traveling in the wrong direction.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Dan Ryan wrong-way crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.


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