January 22, 2021

Chicago man, 27, killed in car crash on I-57 in Posen as he attempted to change lanes

A 27-year-old man from Chicago died following a car crash early Monday on Interstate 57 in Posen, according to Illinois State Police.

The crash happened about 3:40 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-57 near 147th Street and involved a car and a semitractor-trailer, according to a news release from state police. The driver was the only occupant in each vehicle, officials said.

Both vehicles were traveling north in the middle lane of I-57 when the passenger car, a 2017 gray Chevrolet Malibu, began to switch lanes but clipped the rear of the semitractor-trailer, the news release said. The Malibu then hit the left wall barrier.

State police said the 27-year-old male driver of the Malibu was pronounced dead at the crash site. His name had not been released Monday morning.

The driver of the semitractor-trailer was a 46-year-old man from Georgia who was not injured, state police said.

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Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of 2 people in car on Routes 1&9

A man was charged with shooting two men in a car Sunday morning on Routes 1 & 9 in Union County, authorities said.

Andrew C. Johnson, 50, of Cranford, faces two counts of first-degree attempted murder and four weapons charges, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart.

Linden police were called about 9:40 a.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired in the northbound lanes near Avenue C.

Inside a vehicle stopped on the highway were two men – age 50 and 64 – both with gunshot wounds, according to police. The victims, both Elizabeth residents, were taken to University Hospital in Newark, Ruotolo and Hart said.

Minutes later, officers found Johnson inside his car in Elizabeth and arrested him. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle, the prosecutor said.

Johnson was taken to the Union County Jail pending a court

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