Hegewisch crash near Ford plant backs up traffic for miles

2012-11-28T00:00:00Z Hegewisch crash near Ford plant backs up traffic for milesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
November 28, 2012 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | An early morning crash Tuesday in the westbound lanes of 130th Street near Torrence Avenue near the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant jammed traffic for miles on the Bishop Ford Freeway from Interstate 80/94 to the Dan Ryan merge, police said.

Chicago police reported the crash shut westbound 130th Street just before shift change at the Ford Assembly Plant.

At 5 a.m., four cars crashed in the 2100 block of E. 130th Street, according to Chicago police.

A man who was driving a 2010 Jeep veered into oncoming traffic and hit a 2000 Ford Taurus head on, Chicago Police news affairs spokesman Daniel O'Brien said.

The car that was hit then was pushed into two other cars, police said.

Two people were injured, police said. One injured person was trapped in a vehicle and had to be cut free by Chicago firefighters, according to police.

Two victims were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment.

The road opened again to traffic around 7:45 a.m., but traffic delays lingered through the morning rush.

Road construction in the Hegewisch neighborhood exacerbated the traffic problems. Traffic is restricted to one lane eastbound and one lane westbound on 130th Street due to the construction. The railroad truss bridge over Torrence Avenue near 130th also is closed due to construction.

The man in the Jeep was issued two tickets, one for obstruction of driver's view and one for driving left of the center line.

He told police at the scene that his windows were fogged up, O'Brien said.

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