Body recovered from Calumet River after crash on Skyway

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CHICAGO -- The body of a driver involved in a crash on the Skyway was pulled from the Calumet River Monday afternoon.

Police said the driver was heading West on the Skyway around 3:30 p.m. He appeared to lose control of his car and crashed it into the wall. The air bags deployed.

A witness said the driver got out of his car and appeared disoriented. He was holding his head and then jumped into the Calumet River.

Emergency crews including Chicago police and the Coast Guard searched the icy water for over an hour. The driver’s body was recovered and pulled from the water just before 5 p.m.

His identify has not been released, but the man's car was registered to an address in East Chatham where police are conducting a homicide investigation.

A woman was found dead inside the home and police said they are exploring a connection between the two incidents.


Lanes of the Skyway were shut down while officials conducted the search and investigation.  They have since reopened.

Traffic on the inbound Skyway was delayed while lanes were shut down for police to investigate.

All lanes have since reopened.

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