40-vehicle chain reaction crash shuts down part of Kennedy Expressway

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CHICAGO -- Heavy winds and a blast of lake effect snow combined to create dangerous conditions on Chicago roads Sunday morning.  The weather contributed to a chain reaction crash on the Kennedy Expressway that made for a day long traffic nightmare.

Nearly 40 vehicles were involved in the crash at around 10:30 Sunday morning. The reversible lanes were headed inbound at the time. The crash spanned from Ohio Street all the way back to North Avenue.

At least a dozen people were hospitalized, including a firefighter who tripped and fell. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life threatening.

Still, the reversible lanes of the Kennedy were shut down for more than 7 hours while crews cleared all of the crashed cars. As a result, traffic on the Kennedy in both directions was slowed to a crawl for much of the day.

State Police and about 75 members of Chicago's Fire Department worked to clear all the cars and debris.

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