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Alcohol-related charges pending in fatal Illinois crash

Police say that alcohol may have been a factor in a deadly wrong-way collision on an Illinois expressway shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 7. Two women were killed and a third was injured when the car they were riding in was struck head on by a red Dodge minivan. The woman who survived the auto accident was able to provide details about the moments leading up to the collision to authorities.

The three women, who were coworkers at an area restaurant in nearby Maywood, were traveling eastbound on the Eisenhower Expressway near Harlem when the accident occurred. According to the 20-year-old survivor, a Maywood resident, the collision happened so fast that she does not remember the 2001 blue Ford that she was riding in flipping when it was hit. However, she was able to recall that when the driver of the Ford saw the wrong-way vehicle approaching, she swerved to avoid it, but the 20-year-old driver of the oncoming minivan swerved the same way.

The Maywood woman also indicated that the other occupants of the Ford may have died immediately on impact. She was injured in the crash but is expected to survive. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The two occupants of the minivan were also treated at an area hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. Charges in the case were pending as of press time.

When Illinois residents suffer life-altering injuries in car crashes due to negligent drivers, they may want to seek compensation for their losses from insurance companies. An experienced attorney could negotiate with insurance companies for fair compensation. They could also assist clients in pursuing personal injury claims against the negligent driver who may have been responsible for the accident.

Source: NBC Chicago, "2 killed in wrong-way crash on Eisenhower Expressway", September 07, 2013

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