Crash closes Kennedy Expressway

Illinois State Police investigate the scene of a multiple vehicle accident on the outbound Kennedy Expressway near Cumberland Avenue, blocking lanes and slowing the outbound commute on Monday. One person was killed and two others were injured in a crash involving a semi and three cars that shut down all outbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway at Cumberland Avenue this morning. (Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune / May 13, 2013)

A man was killed and another motorist hospitalized following a crash involving a semi and two cars that shut down all outbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway near Cumberland Avenue for more than 3 hours this morning.

The accident occurred around 6 a.m., according to an Illinois State Police trooper. A 65-year-old North Side man, identified as Rufino H. Sanchez of the 3700 block of North Central Park Avenue in Chicago by the Cook County medical examiner's office, was killed while another man was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The 65-year-old man was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape in heavy, slowing traffic this morning when a semi truck being driven by 45-year-old William Ingram rear-ended him, said ISP District Chicago Master Sgt. Timothy Tippet.

The crash happened when they were nearing the East River Road exit,

“He (Ingram) could not stop in time and rear-ended the Escape,’’ Tippet said. The Escape was pushed into the rear end of a Lincoln Town car in front of him, being driven by a third man.

The 65-year-old man was extricated and taken to Resurrection Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Tippet said. His name was not being released immediately, pending notification of his family members.

The Town Car’s driver was also taken to Resurrection, but his injuries were minor and he had no passengers.

Ingram, of McCordsville, Ind., was not injured, said Tippet. Ingram was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

All outbound lanes were closed between the Edens Expressway and Cumberland Avenue until 9:15 a.m., when three lanes were reopened, state police said. The right lane remained closed as police continued to investigate.

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