I-80 “Wrong-Way Driver” Accident Leads To Two Fatalities

An I-80 wrong-way crash occurred Wednesday (April 1, 2020) night.  The crash led to the death of two men, each of whom were driving at the time.

This I-80 wrong-way crash is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the April 2, 2020 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Oak Forest crash:  2 killed in I-80 wrong-way crash amid heavy fog.”  An excerpt:

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-80 west of the I-57 junction at about 11:14 p.m. Police said a Toyota Sequoia was traveling west in the eastbound lanes and struck a Chevrolet Tahoe driving east.

Both drivers became trapped in their cars and died at the scene, police said. The driver of the Sequoia has been identified as 23-year-old Samuel Sahagun-Banuelos of Lansing and the driver of the Tahoe has been identified as 48-year-old Keith Bowers of Merrillville, Ind.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above.

As seen in many “wrong-way driver” crashes discussed on this site, for many reasons these crashes often lead to vehicle occupants being seriously injured.  Many sustain life-threatening injuries, and fatalities often occur.

There are many reasons why such accidents lead to such serious injuries.  Often, the accidents occur suddenly and there is little warning or time to avoid hitting a vehicle that is unexpectedly driving in the wrong direction.  The resulting collision between the two vehicles is usually a “head-on collision” which is usually highly physically traumatic.

Those who are victims of “wrong-way drivers” often seek to file lawsuits.  These lawsuits are often meant to seek damages due to the negligence actions of these errant drivers, and the resulting harm that has occurred.  Due to the serious nature of the resulting accident injuries, there is often a need for accident injury compensation to pay for medical bills and other financial hardships that have occurred.  In those cases where someone has died due to the actions of a “wrong-way driver,” relevant parties often opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit.


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