Updated 02/05/12 – 4:13 p.m.

CHICAGO (STMW) — A man died in a single-vehicle crash Sunday morning just off the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) after driving across all lanes of traffic and hitting a concrete wall.

The crash happened about 2:30 a.m. on the westbound Eisenhower at South Austin Boulevard, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Timothy Tippet said. Two people were reportedly in the vehicle; 25-year-old Robert Grimes, the driver, and a 26-year-old male passenger. Tippet said both were wearing safety belts.

Grimes was driving the vehicle westbound on the expressway, exiting at South Austin Boulevard when the crash happened, Tippet said.

The vehicle reached the top of the ramp and continued westbound — crossing all traffic lanes and coming to a violent halt after striking a concrete wall on the west side of Austin Boulevard, according to Tippet. The vehicle sustained extensive frontal damage in the head-on collision.

The Oak Park Fire Department transported Grimes to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. He was pronounced dead soon after.

Grimes’ passenger was taken to Loyola with non-life threatening injuries, Tippet said. Contrary to a prior report, the passenger was not in critical condition.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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