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Accident On Lake Shore Drive Just After Reopening

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Not long after Lake Shore Drive reopened, an accident reduced part of the northbound side to one lane. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Only a couple of hours after Lake Shore Drive reopened, an accident narrowed the northbound side to one lane near the Fullerton Parkway exit.

Fire crews and city tow trucks responded to the accident in the 6 a.m. hour. Traffic was light on the Drive, but it was narrowed to one lane near the scene, CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reported.

Details of the accident were not immediately available.

It was also near Fullerton Parkway where some of the accidents took place to cause a harrowing situation on the Drive during the blizzard Tuesday evening.

As winds whipped up to 60 to 70 mph and snow fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour, accidents near Fullerton and North Avenue halted traffic and left some motorists stranded for 12 hours.

About 1,000 cars ended up stranded on the Drive, many of them abandoned by their owners. City crews worked all night clearing the cars off the roadway before plowing.

Lake Shore Drive had reopened by around 5 a.m.

Mayor’s chief of staff Raymond Orozco says motorists should be cautious when taking Lake Shore Drive, since snow plows will be out as the city continues to maintain and improve conditions on the road.

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