MORRIS – A Chicago woman was killed Sunday after being involved in a five-vehicle collision on Interstate 80 in Morris.
Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan said his office is investigating the death of 66-year-old Linda Baines, who was involved in a crash at 1:22 p.m. Sunday on I-80 just east of the Route 47 interchange.
Baines was traveling east on I-80 when the crash occurred, according to a news release from Callahan's office. She was transported to the emergency room at Morris Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 1:53 p.m.
A 7-year-old boy who was a passenger in Baines car had no injuries, according to the Illinois State Police.
The preliminary investigation into the crash found that a Chevy Cruze driven by a 34-year-old Morris man was traveling east on I-80 in the right lane just east of Route 47. The Chevy Cruze cut off the Jeep Liberty driven by Baines, according to a news release issued Monday from ISP.
"The Jeep Liberty swerved to the left and drove off the roadway, through the center median ditch and went airborne into the westbound lanes of I-80," the news release said. "The Jeep liberty crashed into the following vehicles causing a chain reaction crash with the Dodge Ram, GMC Acadia, Nissan Versa, and Buick Enclave."
The driver of the Chevy Cruze was issued a citation for improper lane usages.
Besides the fatality, three people were taken to area hospitals. The collision incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the coroner's office.
The crash caused I-80 westbound near Route 47 to be shut down until after 5 p.m. Sunday, according to ISP, and traffic eastbound was shut down intermittently.