4 killed in wrong-way crash on I-80

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The only survivor of the crash of a crash that killed 4 other men was recovering from surgery Monday night. 

Eduardo Rodriguez, 31, of Chicago, underwent surgery to repair his broken arm.  

 "He is happy that he is alive," Rodriguez’s sister said.  "He's confused.  He can't believe his friends are gone. I told him. I tried to explain to him he shouldn't be drinking with people and driving."

State police say Rodriguez was in the backseat of a 1996 Infiniti that made a U-turn on I-80 near Hazel Crest about 2:30 Monday morning, going the wrong way and slamming head on into a 1999 Ford Escort.  
29-year-old Gustavo Vargas, 27-year-old Jorge Pena and 28-year-old Armando Ruiz,  all in the Infiniti, died.  
35-year-old Jason Wepsiec, who was in his car alone, driving to see his fiancee in Joliet, was also killed.
It was Vargas, police say, who was driving the Infiniti the wrong way on I-80.  The one time Easter sSeals poster child from Berwyn used a wheel chair because of spina bifida.   He and his friends were seen leaving the Skybox Strip Club in south suburban Harvey before the crash. Police say alcohol was a factor. 
Vargas' brother said  his younger brother, who worked as a door to door salesman for an energy company, was well liked in the community and can't believe he's now gone.

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