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Stolen BMWs Crash Along I-80 Near I-47 – State Police Investigate

Bumper to Bumper traffic on I-80 this morning. photo by Kathy Bostick
Traffic backed up this morning, along Interstate 80, between Route 47 and Interstate 55, in particular, after at least six stolen BMW vehicles were involved in speeding, crashes and getaways.
Illinois State Police have been investigating several locations, along I-80, after at least two or three of the vehicles collided while speeding.  One is in a ditch.  Two other BMW’s were used as getaway vehicles, when the others were abandoned.  The last vehicle seen fled eastbound, on I-80, toward I-55.
Lanes are open, but may be blocked, periodically, during the investigation.
It all started when a BMW hit a Grundy County Sheriff’s vehicle.  There was a wrong-way chase, along I-80.  Police then set up spike strips to stop the speeding autos.  Several of the vehicles then crashed – drivers all abandoned them and hopped into a getaway BMW.  Near the end, in New Lenox, there was a carjacking reported, during which five men took over another vehicle.  Then there was another crash.
Morris – Minooka – New Lenox
From TrafficNet:
Police activityI-80 Both EB/WB near Route 47 (Exit 112)56 minsentered 7:51 am, updated 8:06 am
Four to six vehicles were reportedly stolen, from a dealership in Peoria; police are actively investigating.
I-80AccidentI-80 EB at Lisbon Rd29 mins Two unoccupied vehicles
Unknown if these are related to the police activity in the Minooka area
I-80Accident involving a semi. Right lane blockedI-80 EB at Minooka Interchange (Ridge Rd – Exit 122)27 minsThe rear trailer detached; it is blocking the right lane.
I-80Multi-vehicle accidentI-80 EB at US 3049 mins It is being reported that one driver hit multiple vehicles.
Involving one of the reportedly stolen vehicles.
I-80Vehicle in a ditchI-80 EB near Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355)30 minsIn relation to the vehicles, that were reported stolen.

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