A man driving the wrong way on Illinois Highway 394 in the far south suburbs slammed head-on into two other vehicles, killing a woman and hurting himself and two others early this morning, state police said.

About 1:30 a.m., Illinois State Police District Chicago responded to a three-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of Route 394 at East Lincoln Highway near south suburban Ford Heights, according to a state trooper.

A man driving north on southbound lanes slammed into two other vehicles, killing a 32-year-old passenger in one of the vehicles, according to Master Sergeant Joe Stangl.

The passenger was identified as Malikah Little, of the 6600 block of South Sacramento Avenue in Chicago, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. She was pronounced dead at 2:16 a.m. at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, a medical examiner's spokeswoman said.

The driver of each vehicle--including the wrong-way motorist--was taken to area hospitals, although the extent of their injuries were not immediately known, said Trooper Clare Pfotenhauer.

As of 3:40 a.m., northbound lanes were open, but southbound lanes remained closed, Stangl said. Traffic was being diverted off Route 394 at Glenwood-Dyer Road.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, Stangl said.

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