3 Hurt in Lake Shore Drive Wrong-Way Crash

This was the third wrong-way crash in a week

By Lauren Petty
|  Thursday, Feb 9, 2012  |  Updated 7:12 PM CDT
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IDOT looking at ways to prevent similar crashes.

IDOT looking at ways to prevent similar crashes.

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Police said a red Nissan was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive when it crashed into a white Toyota Corolla around 2 a.m. at Roosevelt Road.
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Three people were injured in an early morning wrong-way crash on Lake Shore Drive, the third such crash in the Chicago area recently.

Police said a red Nissan was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive when it crashed into a white Toyota Corolla around 2 a.m. at Roosevelt Road. The Nissan also hit a van after colliding with the Corolla, police said.

The female driver of the Nissan and her male passenger as well as the driver of the Corolla were taken to Northwestern Hospital. Firefighters surrounded the Nissan upon arrival, cutting the roof off the vehicle to get the passenger out.

All three people were hurt but are expected to be OK, police said. The driver of the van refused treatment, according to police.

The red Nissan in the crash is the Nissan GT-R, dubbed by some car critics as a street legal supercar. The base price for the car is about $90,000. It boasts a 530-horsepower V6 engine and goes from zero to 60 MPH in 3.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 193 miles per hour.

The GT-R is currently on display at the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place.

The crash was the third wrong-way crash in the Chicago area in the last week. Last Friday two people were injured when a driver went the wrong way of I-55 and crashed head-on just south of Thursday's accident on the curve toward Lake Shore Drive.

On Monday a driver reportedly intentionally went the wrong way on I-80 and crashed into an oncoming car, killing himself, two of his passengers and another driver.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said it's looking at ways to prevent or reduce the number of similar crashes.

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