Illinois State Police Warning Drivers To Slow Down On Rain-Slicked Roads

Chicago News

CHICAGO (CBS)– Illinois State Police said standing water is a huge problem Saturday morning for drivers, mainly south.

Overnight, heavy rain caused standing water for drivers in the southbound lanes on the Kennedy Expressway near Jackson.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation is deploying over 200 snow vehicles to respond to winter weather in the city.

Officials said salt spreaders will be working with “with a focus on keeping the City’s arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive safe and passable for motorists and buses until the snow stops, then transitioning to residential streets if needed.”

Illinois State Police are urging drivers to take it slow.

CBS 2’s Mobile Weather Lab drove through the rain and captured scenes of slick roads and standing water.

State police received at least two to three dozen calls for crashes since 10 p.m. Friday night across all the major expressways.

Many cars are sliding into ditches or hitting barriers.

Drivers are also speeding in these slippery conditions, causing them to hydroplane.

So far there have been reports of minor injuries.

This is a developing story.

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