Four Injured in Wrong-Way Crash on Lake Shore Drive

Crash near East Randolph Street closed the northbound lanes of the major thoroughfare for more than two hours after the 2 a.m. crash.

By Charlie Wojciechowski and Michelle Relerford
|  Friday, May 2, 2014  |  Updated 5:30 PM CDT
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Crash marks third wrong-way crash on Lake Shore Drive in recent years.

Crash marks third wrong-way crash on Lake Shore Drive in recent years.

A driver going the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive collided with another vehicle early Friday morning, resulting in serious injuries to four people, officials said.

The crash near East Randolph Street closed the northbound lanes of the major thoroughfare for more than two hours after the 2 a.m. crash.

Officials said the driver of a Subaru SUV was traveling south in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive when he or she collided head-on with a taxi that was carrying two passengers. NBC Chicago's photojournalist on the scene noted the taxi was from the Blue Diamond Taxi Association. The SUV seemed to be missing license plates.

Four adults were seriously injured, authorities said. NBC Chicago was told both drivers were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The two passengers in the taxi -- a 25-year-old male and a 27-year-old female -- were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where they were listed in critical condition at 5:25 a.m.

It's the third time in recent years a wrong-way crash has occurred on Lake Shore Drive. Last week, Terrell Garrett was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was driving drunk the wrong way and hit and killed Joaquin Garcia and Fabian Torres.

In March 2012, two women and a man were injured in a three-car collision involving an allegedly drunk wrong-way driver on Lake Shore Drive.

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