A head-on collision near west suburban Addison closed down part of the Kingery Highway early Wednesday and was expected to impact the morning commute.
About 1 a.m., a mid-sized SUV and a U.S. Post Office semitrailer collided in the northbound lanes of Route 83 between I-290 and Frontage Road, according to a statement from the Addison Fire Protection District.
The driver of the SUV, a man in his 30s, was driving the wrong way on the highway when the collision occurred, fire officials said.
The driver of the SUV was pinned inside the vehicle for about 40 minutes and had to be extricated, fire officials said. He was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove in critical condition. The driver of the semitrailer was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in good condition.
The collision also caused an 80-100 gallon diesel fuel leak, fire officials said.
Both directions of traffic on Route 83 were closed in the area, with the northbound lanes expected to remain closed for the morning commute, officials said.