Eisenhower Expressway “Wrong-Way Driver” Collisions Result In Five Fatalities

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.

There were two fatal “wrong-way” driver crashes on the Eisenhower Expressway early this morning, March 29, 2021.  These crashes are discussed in various media sources, including the March 29, 2021 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “5 dead in pair of fiery, wrong-way Eisenhower Expy. crashes Monday morning.”  An excerpt:

One crash involving three vehicles happened downtown about 1:40 a.m. near Wells Street, according to Illinois State Police.

A wrong-way driver on an eastbound ramp from I-290 collided head-on with another driver, causing both vehicles to erupt in flames, state police spokeswoman Gabriela Ugarte said in an emailed statement.

Both drivers and a passenger of the struck vehicle died at the scene, Ugarte said. One of the deceased drivers was a 51-year-old Skokie man, while a deceased passenger was a 24-year-old Chicago woman, state police said.

According to the article, in the third vehicle were three Chicago women in their 20s.  They were injured and taken to the hospital.  Those injuries were considered to be minor injuries.

The second accident involving a car traveling in the wrong direction happened on the Eisenhower near Forest Park.  In this crash, which occurred at approximately 1:10 a.m., a driver traveling in the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes struck another vehicle.  Both drivers were killed in the collision.  In addition, a passenger in the vehicle traveling in the proper direction was also injured and hospitalized.  Those injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.  A fire also erupted after this collision.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these accidents can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as other media sources.


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