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Huge Wreck Closes I-55

After the 2015 Chicago Auto Show a 17-vehicle accident with one confirmed fatality backed up traffic heading South on Interstate 55 for hours in Gardner, Illinois today. Southbound I-55 Traffic Stopped I-55 Traffic Stopped[/caption] An unnamed Illinois State Trooper indicated that a Fed-Ex double semi tractor trailer initially collided with a passenger car in white-out conditions caused by high winds and snow. [caption id="attachment_947" align="aligncenter" width="2000"]Firemen with Fed Ex Truck in Background Firemen responding to 17-vehicle collision[/caption] [caption id="attachment_952" align="aligncenter" width="2000"]Late-model Civic Airbag Deployed Late-model Civic Airbag Deployed[/caption] [caption id="attachment_955" align="aligncenter" width="2000"]Late-model Dodge Grand Caravan-Liftgate Sprung Late-model Dodge Grand Caravan-Liftgate Sprung[/caption] Five ambulance companies were called to bring injured to local emergency rooms for treatment. Traffic eventually was turned around onto North-bound lanes of I-55 and re-routed, primarily to State Highway 53 (Historic Route 66), where it was able to resume travel on I-55 at the Gardner entrance. [caption id="attachment_949" align="aligncenter" width="2000"]Traffic Turns Around on I-55 Gardner, IL Traffic Turns Around on I-55[/caption] It's always important to remember: be vigilant and reduce speed when visibility becomes poor, but do not stop on roadways.


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