Icy roads make for dangerous commute Tuesday - KMSP-TV

Icy roads make for dangerous commute Tuesday

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The icy and slick roads made for a messy and dangerous commute throughout the area Tuesday morning.

A nine-vehicle crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side sent four people to the hospital.

The nine vehicles crashed about 4:15 a.m. on northbound Dan Ryan lanes near 47th Street because of icy road conditions, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Rodney Collins said.

Two people were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious-to-critical condition, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Juan Hernandez said. Two others were taken in fair-to-serious condition to University of Chicago Medical Center, Hernandez said.

Five people refused medical treatment at the scene, Hernandez said.

Lanes were closed until 5:30 a.m., but are now completely open to traffic, Collins said.

In Northwest Indiana, a chunk of Interstate 65 is closed after two accidents, including one that killed three people.

Monday night, an SUV was heading northbound on I-65 near State Road 10 about 11:39 p.m. when it drove into the back of a semi truck, Indiana State Police said.

Three people inside the SUV died after the crash. They were later identified as a man and his two children. Another child inside the SUZ at the time of the crash survived and was taken to a hospital in northwest Indiana. Their condition was not immediately known.

The father was later identified as 45-year-old Dr. Malik Chaganti of Rensselaer, Ind. His children's names and ages were not released.

The driver of the semi, a 31-year-old Washington state man, was not injured, police said.

The second crash happened Tuesday morning about 6 a.m. when a truck carrying a hazardous material rolled over while heading south on I-65 near State Road 10, police said.

No one was injured in that rollover, police said. Crews were at the scene cleaning up the spill of the unspecified material.

Southbound I-65 between Routes 2 and 14 was reopened about 10 a.m., and one lane and the shoulder of the northbound lanes were open as of noon, though crews are still at the scene cleaning up the nitric acid.

 

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