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Woman in custody after alleged DUI accident

In Chicago, a woman has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after she was involved in a crash. According to the authorities, the 25-year-old woman from Chicago got onto the Kennedy Expressway at Armitage heading inbound in the outbound lanes. As she headed the wrong direction, a car accident occurred.

The 25-year-old was driving her silver Chrysler Sebring when she clipped two vehicles: a semi-truck and a black Mazda. She then crashed into a black Nissan Maxima head-on. The serious collision happened around 4:20 a.m.

The driver of the Nissan Maxima, a 34-year-old woman also from Chicago, received fractures in both of her legs. She was conscious when emergency responders arrived.

Unlike the 34-year-old, the allegedly drunk driver was unconscious when emergency teams got to the scene. When she arrived at the hospital, she reportedly smelled like alcohol.

Extrication procedures were used to remove both drivers from their vehicles. The 25-year-old was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center while the 34-year-old was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

A spokesman with the Chicago Fire Department said that both were transported to their respective hospitals in serious-to-critical condition.

The black Mazda that was clipped before the major collision lost a rear-view mirror. The driver of the vehicle saw the collision occur and phoned police as soon as possible. All outbound lanes were closed for some time after the crash.

According to the state police, the 25-year-old has been charged with driving the wrong way, driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without a driver's license. According to state records, the woman had her license suspended in 2009 because she was not carrying high-risk insurance. She is in the custody of police and will remain so until she is able to post bail.

Accident related injuries leave victims wondering where to turn and what to do first. Victims are left with medical bills, lost wages and often the loss of their vehicle. The pain and time for recovery can be lengthy for the injured, not to mention the level of frustration. Depending on what the investigation by authorities reveals, compensation for the reimbursement of medical expenses and other losses will probably be able to be recovered for these victims.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Woman charged with DUI in wrong-way crash on Kennedy," Peter Nickeas, Feb. 22, 2012

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