2 dead, 2 critically injured after wrong-way driver crash on Stevenson

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CHICAGO — Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition after a crash involving a wrong way driver early Saturday morning on the Stevenson Expressway.

State police said a wrong-way driver of a red Nissan entered the Stevenson at Pulaski and drove north on the southbound lane. He then crashed into a Flash Cab taxi full of passengers around 4:20 a.m. in the middle lane on I-55 southbound at Kedzie Avenue.

Both drivers, Adelaido Torres, 33, and Imtiaz Baig, 57, died at the scene.

The red Nissan of the wrong-way driver landed against the median wall of I-55.

Two of the passengers from the taxi were taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in very critical condition.

Both passengers, Jennifer Benson, 55, and Theodore Benson, 19, from the taxi share the same last name, but it is unclear if they are related.

Firefighters said getting the victims out of the vehicles was difficult because of how badly the cars were smashed and mangled. Firefighters had to cut out what was left of the cars to get the people out.

All passengers and the driver of the taxi were wearing seatbelts, but it is unknown if the driver of the red Nissan

All lanes on the outbound side of the Stevenson Expressway at California were shut down at 4:25 a.m. and the California entrance ramp to outbound I-55 was also closed. Police were working to reconstruct the accident.

Flash Cab said that this was a tragic and unfortunate accident.

Police said it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

All lanes were reopened at around 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.

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