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Lanes reopened after I-355 crash in Lombard

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All southbound lanes of the Veterans Memorial Tollway have been reopened after a three-vehicle crash shut them down for several hours Friday morning in west suburban Lombard.

A black 2005 Chevrolet Blazer was southbound on I-355 near St. Charles Road shortly after 7 a.m. when the driver lost control, the vehicle swerved to the right and hit a black 2014 Chevrolet Equinox in the far right lane, according to Illinois State Police.

The Blazer then swerved back to the left, hit the concrete median barrier and bounced back into traffic to collide with a white 2000 Chevrolet Express van in the far left lane, police said.

The 33-year-old Algonquin man driving the Blazer was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle during the crash, police said. He was taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with severe injuries.

The other drivers, a 32-year-old Mount Prospect man in the Equinox, and a 31-year-old Roselle man in the Express, were not transported to hospitals, police said.

All southbound lanes were temporarily closed at St. Charles Road as authorities investigated, police said. They were reopened as of 9:53 a.m.