Driver heading wrong way on I-88 leads to head-on crash near Hillsdale

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HILLSDALE, Illinois -- Two cars got into a head-on collision when a driver was going the wrong way on Interstate 88.

The crash happened at Mile Marker 10 right around 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, according to a statement from the Illinois State Police.

Police said a Honda Accord, driven by 62-year-old Dennis P. Farrell, was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-88 when it struck a Chevy Impala. Both cars lost control and went into the center median.

Farrell was taken to the hospital for injuries, according to the statement.  Police did not mention the condition of the other driver.

According to the police statement, Farrell was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs.  His charges also included possession of cannabis, possession of paraphernalia, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, and improper lane usage.

A spokesperson from the Illinois State Police Department said that crews were on scene for around an hour-and-a-half. One lane was closed as the two cars were towed away and the scene was cleaned up.

The roadway was reopened to traffic around 6:30 a.m.

A WQAD News 8 viewer said that she called 911 before 5 a.m. to report a vehicle going the wrong way on I-88 near Mile Marker 19.

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