On Monday (September 6, 2021) there was a I-80 wrong-way driver collision. This Will County I-80 crash led to the immediate fatalities of three people.
This I-80 wrong-way driver collision is discussed in a variety of media sources, including the September 6, 2021 Frankfort Patch article titled “3 Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On I-80: Illinois State Police.” An excerpt:
Officials said a Chicago woman driving a 2011 Brown Kia Optima was going the wrong way on I-80 when she ran head-on into another car, killing her as well as two people in the other vehicle.
At 12:17 a.m., police said the Optima was headed east on I-80 west near Wolf Road and was in the left lane, where it hit a 2019 red Nissan Versa.
The deadly crash occurred as the Versa was in the left lane on I-80 west approaching milepost 144, according to police.
The three people who were fatally injured were declared dead at the accident scene. They were identified as Rishaunda R. Buckley, 28, of Chicago (driver of the Kia); Amanda R. Fouche, 30, of Aurora (driver of the Nissan); and Kyle C. Vance, 36, of Aurora (passenger in the Nissan)
These incidents which involve a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction continue to be a serious traffic safety problem. In many of these instances a collision occurs between the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction and oncoming (regular) traffic. Due to the physical forces inherent in these collisions, vehicle occupants are often seriously injured. It is common for wrong-way driver crashes to lead to one or more fatalities. Many of these crashes have occurred on Chicago area expressways.
Among other recent fatal crashes include an August 20, 2021 I-55 wrong-way crash that also led to three fatalities. That crash was summarized in the “Stevenson Expressway (I-55) ‘Wrong-Way Driver’ Crash Results In Three Fatalities.”