2 Adults, 5 Children, Killed in Wrong-Way Crash Westbound I-90 SW of Marengo in McHenry County


A fatal wrong-way head-on crash on I-90 WEST just east of the Anthony Road bridge killed several people (CBS Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Illinois State Police and firefighters and paramedics from Hampshire, Marengo, Genoa-Kingston, and Pingree responded about 2:11 a.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022 to a report of a wrong-way head-on crash in the westbound lanes of I-90 at 33.5 Mile Marker just east of Anthony Road. Both vehicles were on fire following the crash.

The crash involved a silver Acura TSX and a van. A male driver of the van got out the van, but his wife and five children were trapped in the burning van. A female driver in the Acura TSX was also trapped in the burning vehicle, and died at the scene. A nurse on scene gave aid to the driver of the van.

A helicopter landing zone was set up for the airlift of the driver of the van just west of the scene in the westbound lanes of I-90. The driver of the van was airlifted to the Loyola University Medical Center Burn Unit in Maywood.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was assigned to assist with shutting down traffic near the crash scene. An Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Officer and team was assigned to the scene for an extended crash investigation. During the day Sunday just before 9:30 a.m. traffic was being diverted off I-90 WEST at Illinois Route 23. Eastbound lanes of traffic were open earlier Sunday during the day. Just before 9:30 am. the crash scene was cleared and all westbound lanes of I-90 were re-opened.

Initially Illinois State Police weren’t sure which driver was the wrong-way driver, and both vehicles were pointing southwest in the westbound lanes of I-90. Illinois State Police confirmed Sunday evening that the driver of the Acura TSX was the wrong-way driver that killed 6 passengers in a blue Chevrolet van, and seriously injured a husband and father, who lost his family.


I-90 fatal crash scene Sunday July 31, 2022 (Imagery ©2022 Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA/FPAC/GEO, Map data ©2022)
I-90 fatal crash scene Sunday July 31, 2022 (Imagery ©2022 Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA/FPAC/GEO, Map data ©2022).

The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.


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