Woman killed after car hit by flying tire on expressway

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A woman was killed today on the Bishop Ford Freeway when her car was hit by a tire that fell off another vehicle.

The woman’s identity is not yet being released, pending notification of her next of kin.

She was driving northbound when the tire came flying across the median and right at her. The extensive damage to the victim’s white Nissan Versa makes clear there was likely no surviving the accident.

State police say the Nissan was traveling northbound on the Bishop Ford near Beaubien Woods just before 6:00a.m.  Wednesday when it was struck by an airborne tire. The wheel had come off a southbound Chevy Blazer and bounced over the median, hitting the Nissan head on as it was likely traveling the speed limit of 55 miles an hour.

Traffic came to a halt for a few hours as emergency crews desperately tried to save the driver.

“The driver had to be extricated, there was severe damage to the top of the vehicle,” Illinois State Police Sergeant Jeff Dybeck told reporters. “The driver was transported to the hospital for her injuries, and the driver was pronounced deceased.”

The woman behind the wheel of the SUV has been talking with police and cooperating with the investigation. Her vehicle did not have a license plate. It is not clear yet whether she will face any charges.

“It’s a tragic incident and it’s under investigation,” Sgt. Dybeck said. “Accidents like that do occur.”

All lanes of the Bishop Ford were reopened by about 9:30 a.m.

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