“Wrong-Way Driver” Incident On The Eisenhower Expressway

“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 “wrong-way driver” on the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) early Friday morning (December 8, 2017).  According to Illinois State Police (ISP) the driver drove for more than five miles and the driver was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes.  State Police were notified when the car was near Ashland at 2:50 a.m.

An excerpt from the December 8, 2017 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “State Police:  DUI Suspect Drove Wrong Way on Eisenhower for 5 Miles“:

Oak Park police officers were able to assist state troopers in stopping the vehicle after it exited at Austin, state police said. The driver, 21-year-old Tania A. Cabrera, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Unlike many other incidents in which a vehicle drives in the wrong direction on a busy Chicago area expressway, no accident occurred during this incident.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the December 8 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “State police:  DUI suspect drove wrong way on Eisenhower for 5 miles.”


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