CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after a rare mid-April snowstorm dumped up to 8.5 inches of snow in the Chicago area, drivers were spinning out on icy roads all over the city and suburbs, with bridges and overpasses especially slick.
An 11-vehicle crash on the outbound Eisenhower Expressway closed all lanes at the Ida B. Wells Drive entrance ramp shortly after 6 a.m. Traffic was being diverted to the outbound Kennedy Expressway.
Another crash also shut down the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway ramp to the inbound Stevenson Expressway and Lake Shore Drive shortly after 7 a.m.
Meantime, CTA Blue line trains had major delays during the morning commute, after an SUV that slid off the expressway came to a stop near the CTA Blue Line tracks near Rosemont around 5:30 a.m., leaving debris on the tracks. Blue Line service was suspended between Cumberland and O’Hare for more than two hours before trains began running to O’Hare again around 8 a.m. The CTA said major delays were expected to continue Monday morning.
The Illinois Department of Transportation said Minutemen crews were swamped with calls for crashes and spin-outs on icy roads all across the northern part of the Chicago area.
Illinois State Police said major problem areas included the Eisenhower Expressway at the Jane Byrne Interchange, the Eisenhower at Cicero, and Interstate 57 at 147th Street.
So far, no major injuries have been reported.