FILE IMAGE: Police say the driver was going 90 mph in the wrong lanes and hit another car head-on.
Two people were killed early Sunday when a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the Tri-State Tollway near south suburban East Hazel Crest struck another car head-on.
The two-vehicle crash happened about 3 a.m. on the Tri-State Tollway (I-80/294) when a 2010 Ford Fusion traveling south in the northbound lanes collided head-on with a southbound 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada SUV, according to Illinois State Police Tollway District. The wreck occurred near Western Avenue -- where I-80 and I-294 split.
A witness told State Police the Fusion was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash, Zych said. Sources said that driver was traveling about 90 mph.
The Fusion was driven by 23-year-old Bradley J. Marsh of Kalamazoo, Mich., according to a Tollway District sergeant. The Bravada was driven by 24-year-old Mohammed M. Musa of Chicago, the sergeant said.
Musa was dead on the scene, state police said.
The other motorist, also a man, was initially taken to Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, State Police said. However, he was later pronounced dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Nobody else was in the vehicles and nobody else was injured.
It was not immediately known if alcohol or drugs were a factor. The sergeant on Sunday afternoon said that state police were continuing to review all of the available information and that it has not yet been determined why the Fusion was heading in the wrong direction, and at such a high rate of speed.