“Black Ice” Causes Many DuPage County Traffic Accidents

There have been numerous traffic accidents attributed to “black ice” this morning in DuPage County.

For those unaware of “black ice” and its effect on driving, “black ice” forms when temperatures drop below freezing, and for various reasons a thin film of clear ice forms on the roadway.   It is very slippery, and because it is clear it is very difficult to see, especially at night.  Furthermore, since it is hard to see, drivers often don’t have time to slow down before driving over the slippery areas.

The resulting very slick road condition has been the cause or contributing factor to many Illinois crashes and typically cause loss of vehicle control.  These loss of control accidents often lead to vehicle spinouts, vehicles leaving the roadway (“slideoffs”), and rollovers.  Trucks may “jackknife” or otherwise lose control.  Additionally, any time a vehicle leaves the roadway there is the potential for the vehicle to collide with a fixed object, such as a barrier, wall or tree.  Due to the serious nature of these crashes, as well as the fact that many occur at higher speeds, accident injuries can be serious and possibly life-threatening in nature.

DuPage County, and other Chicago area counties,  experienced “black ice” which caused numerous types of accidents on Wednesday (January 24, 2018) morning.

The slick road conditions and accidents are discussed in numerous articles, including the January 24, 2018 NBC Chicago article (with video) titled “Black Ice Causes More Than 50 Crashes on Chicago-Area Roadways” and the  January 24 Naperville Patch article titled “Crashes, School Closings, Power Outage Reported Due To Black Ice.”

Two excerpts from the NBC Chicago article:

Freezing drizzle made for dangerous driving conditions, causing more than 50 crashes in numerous Chicago suburbs Wednesday morning.


In DuPage County, nearly 20 crashes were reported in about 15 minutes everywhere from Bartlett to Wheaton to Lombard to Carol Stream.

Additional details concerning these slick road conditions and associated traffic safety concerns can be seen in the sources above.

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