3 killed in head-on collision with wrong-way driver on I-80

A head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on Interstate 80 left three dead in the first minutes of Labor Day, police said.

Rishaunda Buckley, 28, of Chicago was driving a Kia Optima east in the westbound lanes of I-80 just east of Wolf Road near Mokena shortly after 12:15 a.m. Monday when she crashed head-on into a Nissan Versa, according to a statement released Monday afternoon by the Illinois State Police.

Buckley, along with the driver of the Versa, Amanda Fouche, 30, of Aurora, and a passenger in the Versa, Kyle Vance, 36, also of Aurora, all were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, police said.

The westbound lanes of I-80 were blocked off shortly after 1 a.m. for an investigation of the crash, according to the state police, and reopened about four and a half hours later.

Joseph Hosey

Joseph Hosey

Joe Hosey became editor of The Herald-News in 2018. As a reporter, he covered the disappearance of Stacy Peterson and criminal investigation of her husband, former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson. He was the 2015 Illinois Journalist of the Year and 2014 National Press Club John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award winner.