Crash on Eastbound I-290 Near Irving Park Rd Kills McHenry Woman, Injures 2 Others; Cause Attributed to Driver Asleep at the Wheel

Illinois State Police troopers, Itasca firefighter/paramedics and Elk Grove Village firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday Augusts 21, 2019 to a report of a serious crash on eastbound I-290 near Irving Park Road.

A 79-year-old McHenry woman was transported by firefighter/paramedics to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Two drivers in other vehicles were also injured in the three-vehicle crash. Their injuries were initially believed to be non-life-threatening.

The identity of the woman killed was released as Jean Meis, a resident of McHenry, Illinois.

According to Illinois State Police, a white Nissan Versa, driven by a 28-year-old Lombard woman, was traveling eastbound on I-290 just after noon when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and swerved into a red Ford Windstar, driven by a 79-year-old McHenry woman. The white Nissan Versa then hit the center concrete median wall. The Windstar then careened left and hit a black Mitsubishi Outlander, driven by a 32-year-old Elk Grove Village woman. The Ford Winstar also hit the center median.

The black Mitsubishi Outlander overturned after being hit by the Ford Winstar.

The eastbound lanes on I-290 were closed to traffic until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday while Illinois State Police crash investigators investigated.

Citation information was not initially available.

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