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02/06/2012 09:35 am ET | Updated Feb 06, 2012

4 Dead In I-80 Crash: Car Was Going Wrong-Way In Hazel Crest (VIDEO)

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Four people were killed early Monday when a car traveling the wrong way in Interstate 80 in Chicago's south suburbs crashed into another vehicle.

From the Tribune:

The sole survivor of the crash--a passenger in the wrong-way car--told state police that the driver made an illegal U-turn in a 1996 Infiniti and headed east in the westbound lanes in an effort to get back to the northbound Tri-State Expressway. The driver had been on I-294 but had mistakenly taken the turn onto westbound I-80, police said.

The identities of the deceased were not immediately available Monday morning, and few details about the car traveling the right way on I-80 were available. Illinois State Police Sgt. Rich Decker told CBS Chicago that alcohol was likely involved.

“We suspect alcohol at this time. We’ve had some witnesses come forward, and we believe that they were all drinking this evening,” he said.

The west-bound lanes remained closed on I-80 as crews removed the charred vehicle Monday during rush hour.

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