25-year-old woman dies in Dan Ryan crash near 89th - KMSP-TV

25-year-old woman dies in Dan Ryan crash near 89th

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A two-vehicle crash Monday morning left a woman dead and shut down three lanes on the southbound Dan Ryan Expressway for more than four hours on the South Side.

The crash involving a 1997 Kenworth tow truck and 2004 Chevrolet Impala occurred about 6:05 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-94 near 89th Street, authorities said.

The 25-year-old woman was driving the Impala in the middle lane at "a high rate of speed" when she lost control, veered right and struck the front left side of the tow truck, according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

The Impala then rolled over and struck the concrete median barrier, police said. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was trapped in the vehicle.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:30 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Her name was being withheld pending notification of her family.

The driver of the tow truck, who was wearing a seat belt, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after his vehicle veered left and also struck the median barrier, police said.

The three far left lanes of the expressway were closed for more than four hours as a result of the crash, but all lanes were reopened about 10:15 a.m., police said.

The crash happened alongside the CTA Red Line tracks, and debris made its way onto the tracks, the CTA said. As a result, Red Line trains experienced residual delays throughout the morning commute.

It was not immediately known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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