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1 injured following 5-vehicle crash on I-55 to I-80 ramp

'The ramps were real icy... a bunch of cars had slid off,' fire official said

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

SHOREWOOD – One individual was hospitalized after a five-vehicle collision Tuesday morning on the ramp between Interstates 55 and 80 near Shorewood.

“The ramps were real icy over there – a bunch of cars had slid off,” Troy Fire Deputy Chief Howard Hoffman said.

Troy firefighters responded just after 8:45 a.m. Tuesday to the ramp from southbound I-55 to westbound I-80 for the multi-vehicle crash, Hoffman said.

When crews arrived, they found that five cars were involved in the crash and two had traveled into the ditch. One individual was transported to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, and Hoffman did not know his or her condition.

Illinois State Police also responded to the crash and blocked off the ramp for more than 30 minutes. Police handled several other spinouts in the same area Tuesday morning, Hoffman said.

The Will County area received three to four inches of snow over the long weekend, according to National Weather Services estimates, and a chance of flurries persisted through Tuesday. The precipitation, combined with below freezing temperatures, made for slick roads in the morning rush hour.

“Be careful on ramps and bridges," Hoffman said. "Those freeze really fast; that’s where most of our problems have been this morning."

Police did not immediately respond to requests seeking more information about the crash.

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