Illinois State Police, Northbrook police, and firefighters and paramedics from Northbrook and Prospect Heights responded about 2:09 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2022 to a report of a high-speed crash with a fatality on I-294 WEST (northbound) at Mile Marker 52.5 near Northbrook. The crash was located at Mile Marker 52.75.
A Tollway maintenance truck arrived first and discovered a single-vehicle crash involving a white Infiniti G37 into a cement wall of the Lake Cook Road bridge at the inner shoulder of the northbound lanes of I-294 WEST located under the bridge. The left side of Infiniti G37 was destroyed and opened up with some flames showing, and the driver was ejected. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Illinois State Police released that the driver was a 29-year-old female of Tinley Park, Illinois.
A crash reconstruction investigation was conducted overnight while traffic was allowed to pass on the right lanes. An arrow board was set up by Illinois Tollway authorities about one-half mile south of the scene in the northbound lanes because the crash scene was difficult to see before the curve.
Northbrook firefighters searched the area of the crash scene with an infrared camera to confirm there were no other crash victims ejected from the car. The driver was the only vehicle occupant.
“A preliminary investigation indicates the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling northbound on I-294 on the above date and time. For unknown reasons Unit 1 lost control and drove into the inner wall/bridge support of Lake-Cook Road at a high rate of speed. The driver was ejected from the vehicle, sustained fatal injuries and pronounced deceased at the scene.”
— Illinois State Police
At approximately 2:30 a.m. the northbound lanes of I-294 were closed for the investigation and traffic was diverted off northbound I-294 at Lake-Cook Road; all lanes were reopened at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to Illinois State Police. The wrecked car was towed away from the scene about 8:45 a.m., and traffic appeared to be moving without delays in the area at 9:15 a.m. and later.
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