Crash on LSD Kills One, Injures Two

Slippery road conditions blamed for crash

Wednesday, May 13, 2009  |  Updated 2:16 PM CDT
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All lanes of northbound lake shore drive are shut down after two car crash leaving on person dead.

Eviliss Rivera

All lanes of northbound lake shore drive are shut down after two car crash leaving on person dead.

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Police said an adult was killed and two others were critically injured in a two-vehicle wreck on Lake Shore Drive, which was slippery because of the rain and new pavement early Wednesday on the North Side.

The accident happened about 3 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near Irving Park Road, according to police, who said there was a “possibly” fatality.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has not been notified of a death as of 5:15 a.m.

The two cars lost control, “bounced off each other and then bounced off the [cement] wall,” police said.

One person had to be cut from one of the cars, police said.

One adult who had been taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has died, according to police News Affairs.

Two other adults were critically injured, according to News Affairs.

Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curis initially said three people were hospitalized in critical condition -- including two who were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and one who was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The accident took place when rain had just begun falling, in an area where the roadway was “newly paved” last year -- possibly aggravating driving conditions and making the road slippery, police said.

Northbound traffic was being diverted off Lake Shore Drive at Irving Park Road and all the northbound lanes remain closed at 3:45 a.m., according to police.

The police Major Accident Investigation Unit is investigating.

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