2 Hurt When SUV Flips Over On Lake Shore Drive

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two people were injured Friday morning when their sport-utility vehicle knocked down a light pole and a tree, and flipped over, on Lake Shore Drive near the Stevenson Expressway.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, the a driver lost control of the SUV on northbound Lake Shore Drive alongside the off-ramp from the Stevenson Expressway. A light pole and a tree came down, and the SUV ended up lying on its roof.

As of around 6:30 a.m., the ambulance was preparing to transport two people to the hospital. They were triaged on the grassy berm alongside the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive.

The victims were taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said. Police later said the two appeared to be in good condition.

Traffic is split at that point on Lake Shore Drive alongside McCormick Place. The accident happened before the merge with Stevenson Expressway traffic, and thus, Lake Shore Drive was closed at the merge for drivers who had already been on the Drive coming from the south.

But motorists entering the Drive from the Stevenson Expressway were able to continue north onto Lake Shore Drive.

One lane of northbound Lake Shore Drive had reopened by 6:45 a.m.

Still, Lake Shore Drive was backed up solid as far south as 31st Street, and the Stevenson was backed up all the way to the Chinatown feeder.

Chicago Police, Illinois State Police and the Fire Department were on the scene.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • harry wille

    Must be that new 65 mph speed limit “they” allow there.

  • Mariah

    It is too early to bet drunk or on drugs. Drivers pleas be careful with light poles. They are not the corner street of your town. It is not people to hit too. We need more cameras to detect drunk drivers who hit everything there is. This economy is making piople drink so much to get over their depression. So we need someone to check their breath and pull them out from Lakeshore Drive specially on weekends where all the dunks start driving crazy.
    Please get breathalizers on all of them.

  • Gus

    I’d bet the house it was speeding, maybe a little impairment gong on. And for some people, it’s never too early to be drunk or high. I hope the passenger’s OK, the driver should get what’s coming to him/her.

  • jackie

    How do you all know that the person or persons were under the influence? How about saying thank GOD their okay. Judge not, who are you to judge anyone!

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