CHICAGO, Ill. — A motorist driving the wrong direction on the Stevenson Expressway collided with another vehicle head-on. Two people died, and at least two other people sustained severe injuries in the incident according to ABC 7 Chicago. The two people who sustained critical injuries were listed in critical condition Mount Sinai Hospital. The two people who died were the operators of the two vehicles involved. The car traveling in the appropriate direction was a taxicab with two fares. Illinois State Police accident reconstruction investigators are diligently pouring over the evidence obtained from the crash scene. They are also looking at autopsy records, as well as toxicology reports to determine how this devastating accident happened and why.
According to NBC 5 Chicago, the crash occurred on Saturday morning around 4:20 a.m. on Interstate-55. Authorities said that the wrong way driver slammed head-on into a taxi in the southbound lanes. Illinois State Police pinpointed the location of the crash as the middle lane of the southbound side of I-55 at Kedzie Avenue.
Illinois State Police identified the taxi driver as a 57-year-old man. State Police identified the driver of the vehicle headed north in the southbound lanes as a 33-year-old man. The 33-year-old was driving a red Nissan sedan. Illinois State Police did not identify either of the critically injured passengers nor the extent of their injuries except to indicate that the Mount Sinai Hospital listed them in critical condition.
Illinois State Police will continue to pursue answers as to how and why the accident happened. The investigating officers have not determined whether the driver operating in the wrong direction wasif either drugs, alcohol, or both. Toxicology reports could shed some light on that issue. Additionally, given the hour the crash occurred, troopers will consider whether the wrong-way driver operated while sleep-deprived, if possible. Illinois State Police accident investigators did not provide a deadline for their completed report.
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