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Blizzard Causes Chicago Car Accidents, Hundreds Stranded on Lake Shore Drive

All Chicagoans remain buried in piles of snow after a blizzard slowly dragged through the northern half of the state yesterday and this morning. Up to two feet of snow were piled on many areas, making the storm one of the largest to strike the city since records have been recorded over the last 120 years. The snowfall has been complicated by driving wind, piling ice, and snow drifts over 6 feet high.

Travel in the city has truly reached a standstill.

The transportation nightmare was perhaps most apparent on Lake Shore Drive. As The Beacon News explained this afternoon, Lake Shore Drive remains entirely shut down as emergency crews work to remove hundreds of stranded vehicles. The cars have been stuck since last night as the blizzard conditions hit the area hard.

A CTA bus jackknifed across the highway yesterday afternoon after coming upon another car accident on the highway. The stuck bus stopped all traffic behind it. Emergency crews were unable to get to the stranded bus because of worsening weather conditions, and so there was nothing to do but wait. In total over 700 cars were stuck on the highway, and some of them still remain trapped.

Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti hope that all city travelers remain safe and secure as the effort to dig out of the blizzard continues. It will take time before city roads and highways are clear and safe to travel. There is no need to risk becoming involved in a car crash because of failure to take the still dangerous weather into account. With plummeting temperatures expected, Chicago roadways will remain treacherous for some time to come.

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