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UPDATE: First I-80 Crash Caused Four Car Chain Reaction

All four westbound lanes on I-80 were closed this morning after five vehicles were involved in two crashes.

Updated: 12:17 p.m. Monday

The second of two crashes that took place Monday morning was caused by slow traffic from the initial incident, according to Illinois State Police.

The four vehicle chain reaction crash took place on westbound I-80 near La Grange Road, east of the first crash site.

The Cook County Sheriff's Deputy involved in the chain reaction crash is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries, including a possible broken ankle, at Silver Cross Hospital.  

All lanes on I-80 opened at approximtaly 9 a.m.

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Updated: 10:49 a.m. Monday

A Cook County Sheriff's Deputy has been transported to Silver Cross Hospital as a result of the second of two crashes that took place on I-80 at La Grange this morning, SunTimes Media reports.

The first of the two crashes occurred at 7:37 a.m. when a vehicle struck the interstate's concrete median, according to SunTimes Media.

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Two separate car crashes on I-80 at La Grange Road caused Illinois State Police to close all westbound lanes of traffic this morning.

The first crash involved one vehicle and took place at 7:37 a.m., according to Illinois State Police. The second crash involved four vehicles and occurred seven minutes later, at 7:44 a.m.

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The two crashes were unrelated. Both took place on the westbound side of the interstate.

All lanes of westbound traffic were closed for approximately one hour as a result of the crashes.

Three drivers were transported to Silver Cross Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

State Police are uncertain about the cause of the accidents.

Check back with Patch throughout the day for updates on this story.

Jeanette Klein October 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Such a mess, caused me to be an hour late for work. Glad to hear that nobody was seriously injured!
Bill H October 16, 2012 at 02:27 AM
People drive like morons on I-80. Time to hang up and pay attention to the road. I see semi trucks and work vans in the left lane all the time. Slower traffic should stay home or get in the right lane. Glad no serious injuries today. I am glad I pass through there before 6:30 am.
MA October 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM
This stretch is a death trap... an extension of the Dan Ryan. If the police would do their job this crap wouldn't happen and they would a ton of money. But they never enforce the laws to prevent... just react as usual.
Michael Hudson October 16, 2012 at 08:31 PM
The speed limit is something we should follow but nobody does, and to top that they are on their cell phones. Sorry to hear their were pepole hurt but check their phone records to see if they were on the phone.
Carole Guger December 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I get on at LaGrange every morning at 7:15 am and yes it is a "death trap" Cars are going 80 to 90 miles per hour. If you don't go as fast as them they come up behind your car and almost hit you so you will go faster. Nothing is ever done about it.

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