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Man Crashes Car Over Embankment On Lake Shore Drive, Slams Into Tree

The crash happened Monday morning near Diversey Avenue.

Courtesy Jeff Linder
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CHICAGO — A car veered off Lake Shore Drive Monday morning, went down an embankment and slammed into a tree before it could plunge into Lake Michigan.

Police said the driver was hospitalized in critical condition in the 8 a.m. crash on northbound Lake Shore Drive near Diversey. He stopped near a part of the Lakefront Trail that’s typically busy, though no one else was hurt.

Witness Jeff Linder said in a tweet that a nurse coming off his night shift was nearly hit by the car — and then pulled over to give aid to the injured driver.

The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, police said.