Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fox Lake firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:00 PM Thursday April 6, 2017 to Route 120 west of Wilson Road, unincorporated Round Lake, to a report of a crash with injuries. When sheriff’s deputies arrived they discovered a head-on crash involving a car and semi-trailer truck.
A 50-year-old female driver in a Ford Contour, who resides in Lake Zurich, was pinned by the dashboard of her vehicle, and was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters using a spreader tool and ram tool. She was transported by Fox Lake firefighter/paramedics to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where she was listed in critical condition. A Flight for Life helicopter was requested to the scene, but extrication was completed more quickly than expected, and fire command made the decision to transport the female driver of the Ford Contour by ground ambulance.
A 16 year-old female passenger in the Ford Contour, also from Lake Zurich, was also transported by Fox Lake firefighter/paramedics to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition.
The driver of the truck was transported by Greater Round Lake Area Fire Protection District ambulance for treatment at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the 1998 Ford Contour was traveling eastbound on Route 120, west of Wilson Road. A 2016 Freightliner semi-truck (with an empty trailer), driven by a 64 year-old man, from St Louis, Missouri, was traveling westbound on Route 120 in the same area.
For an unknown reason, the driver of the Ford Contour drifted into the westbound lanes of traffic, striking the Freightliner truck head-on.
The crash is under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.
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