I-80 Accident Involving Car Traveling In Wrong Direction

There was a crash on I-80 near Minooka early Sunday morning (January 29, 2017) involving a car traveling in the wrong direction.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), this “wrong-way driver” crash happened as the driver of a 2003 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-80.  At 3:07 a.m., the car crashed “head-on” with a semi truck about two miles east of Ridge Road.

The driver of the car was critically injured during the crash, and was flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove for medical treatment of her accident injuries.

The driver of the semi truck was not injured during the crash.

An excerpt from the January 29, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Woman charged with DUI after wrong-way crash on I-80” with regard to the driver of the car:

Breanna Simmons, 27, was charged with DUI and improper lane usage, according to Illinois State Police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this “wrong-way driver” crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the January 29 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Critically Injured In I-80 Wrong-Way Crash Near Minooka.”

Accidents Caused By Objects Striking Vehicles

“Road hazards” and the dangers they present to drivers are discussed on the “Will County Road Hazards” page.  These types of hazards have led to many serious accidents in Illinois as well as nationally.

While many types of road hazards involve items that are sitting on the roadway – or hazards presented by flawed roadway surfaces – another types of hazard is when an item falls off of a vehicle and becomes “airborne,” after which it can hit an oncoming vehicle.

An example of such a road hazard, that seriously injured two people in a SUV, was seen in Colorado on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  The accident happened when a tire smashed through the windshield of a SUV that was traveling on Interstate 25.  Two people in the SUV were seriously injured.  The tire was lost from a car traveling on I-25, and the tire bounced into oncoming traffic, at which time it struck the SUV.

This accident is further discussed in the January 12, 2017 koaa.com article (with video and accident scene photo) titled “Loose tire smashes into windshield on I-25” as well as the January 11 CBS Denver article (with accident scene photos) titled “Loose Tire From Crash Smashes Into SUV On I-25.”

A similar type of accident happened on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village in October 14, 2016.  That accident caused a head injury to a driver.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article of October 14, 2016, titled “Woman injured in crash that stops Route 53 traffic“:

A pickup towing a trailer that was traveling north on Route 53 between Higgins and Biesterfield roads around 6:40 p.m. lost a rear wheel, according to Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village fire officials. The tire crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the woman’s car; she was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with unspecified injuries. The trailer flipped on its side, blocking the northbound lanes.

The October 15 Arlington Cardinal article (“Woman seriously injured…“) says that the tire “hit a 30-year-old woman in the head.”

The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

As seen in an accident scene photo (such as that seen in the abc7chicago.com article of October 15, titled “1 injured after tire flies off truck, smashes windshield of SUV in northern suburbs“) the damage to the SUV appears to be substantial.

Additional details and possible updates concerning these two accidents caused by loose wheels and flying tires can be seen in the articles mentioned above.

Fatal Car Rollover Crash On I-55 North Of I-80

There was a rollover car crash Friday night (January 6, 2017) on Interstate 55 in Troy Township.

The accident happened as a northbound car rolled over on I-55, and the driver was ejected.  The accident happened at approximately 11:15, about a mile north of Interstate 80.

The driver was identified as Ricardo Calderon, 23, of Shorewood.  An excerpt from the Joliet Patch article of January 7, 2017, titled “Fatal Crash on I-55- Shorewood Man Killed in Rollover Wreck,” concerning the accident injuries, which included a traumatic brain injury:

Calderon was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. He had reportedly suffered irreversible brain damage and was placed on a ventilator.

According to the Will County Coroner’s Office, he passed away at Saturday at 8:50 a.m.

An excerpt concerning the cause of the accident, from the January 7, 2016 The Herald-News article titled “Shorewood man killed in I-55 rollover“:

Alcohol and a high rate of speed contributed to the accident, according to state police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County car crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Joliet Patch and The Herald-News articles mentioned above.

Fatal I-55 Single-Car Crash Near Willowbrook

There was a fatal single-car accident Friday morning (January 6, 2017) on Interstate 55 (I-55) near Willowbrook.

According to the Illinois State Police (ISP) the accident happened early Friday morning (around 12:30 a.m.) and involved a car traveling southbound on I-55 near Route 83 crashing.

The driver is said to have lost control of a 2006 Volkswagen, after which the car crashed into a guardrail before driving into a ditch.  The reason for the driver’s loss of control does not appear to be publicly disclosed at this time.

The driver was identified as Francisco Vieyra, Jr., 21 of Bolingbrook.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal Will County car accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the January 6, 2017 Daily Herald article titled “Bolingbrook man killed in one-car crash on I-55” as well as the January 6 Bolingbrook Patch article titled “Bolingbrook Man, 21, Killed in I-55 Crash.”