Fatal “Chain-Reaction” Crash On Tri-State Tollway

There was a fatal vehicle accident on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Saturday morning in Des Plaines.  The accident was a “chain-reaction” crash.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened at approximately 10:00 a.m., when a Honda CRV “rear-ended” a Ford Winstar minivan that had stalled in traffic on southbound I-294 in Des Plaines.

A Volkswagen Tiguan then “rear-ended” the Honda minivan.  At that point, the driver of the Honda exited the vehicle and was standing outside the minivan when a semi truck hit the Volkswagen, which was not occupied, the Honda, and the Honda’s driver.

The driver of the Honda was identified as Jeffery Komada, 54, of Des Plaines.  He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment of his accident injuries, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 1, 2016 Chicago Tribune article (with remembrances) titled “CPS teacher dead after multivehicle wreck on tollway,” the April 30 Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch article titled “Des Plaines Man Killed in I-294 Crash,” and the April 30 Daily Herald article titled “Teacher from Des Plaines dies in I-294 crash.”


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