The condition of a 20-year-old motorist who survived being ejected from a vehicle and falling 40 feet off a Dan Ryan Expressway overpass has slightly improved.
The prognosis for the man -- who Illinois State Police identified as Joseph Dunmars -- looks positive. He is going to have a long healing process and remains in the intensive care unit in stable but critical condition.
About 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, the 20-year-old man was driving in the outbound lanes of the Dan Ryan when he lost control of his Toyota Camry and was ejected from the vehicle. He was thrown off the expressway overpass and fell into a Union Pacific rail yard below
. Dunmars fell about 40 feet, a state trooper said.
The man told troopers his driverís side door is broken and flew open
while he was driving. As he tried to close the door, he lost control of the vehicle, which struck the left wall of the expressway, bounced off and then struck the right wall
He has suffered multiple fractures and some internal injuries that may require some surgery, but it could be days before doctors know the full extent of his injuries. He doesnít appear to have suffered any head injuries.
The driver, who was returning home from work, was the only person in the vehicle and there were no other injuries.
Alcohol or drugs were not involved and no citations have been issued. The driver was not wearing a seat belt. (DUH!)