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Multi-Vehicle Pileup Shuts Down Outbound Kennedy

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A multi-vehicle pileup shut down the outbound Kennedy Expressway at Cumberland Avenue early Tuesday. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A multi-vehicle pileup early Tuesday shut down the inbound Kennedy Expressway, causing a major headache for early-morning commuters.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, the accident at Cumberland Avenue shut down all lanes of the Kennedy Expressway sometime before 6 a.m.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said five vehicles were involved in the accident, but Habermehl counted seven – six cars and one box truck.

The crash caused backups west all the way from Busse Road to the Kennedy junction on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, and a standstill on the ramps from the Tri-State Tollway.

In addition, the crash caused a gapers block on the outbound Kennedy that jammed up traffic from Harlem Avenue to Cumberland Avenue.

The outbound lanes had reopened by 6:15 a.m.

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