Teen Driver Crashes and Hits Gas Line on Route 45 North of Grand Ave Near Lake Villa



Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded about 4:55 p.m. Tuesday April 3, 2018 to a report of a single vehicle crash on Route 45 north of Grand Avenue in unincorporated Lake Villa. Witnesses reported the vehicle went off the roadway and struck a gas line.

Upon arrival, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies located a 2000 Red Ford Expedition (large SUV) on the east side of the roadway with significant damage. The vehicle had struck a gas line which was actively leaking, and was considered a large gas leak.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were able to remove the driver, who was the sole-occupant, from the vehicle. The 16-year male driver is a resident of Antioch IL.

Preliminary investigation shows that the driver was traveling southbound on Route 45 when he left the roadway for an unknown reason, striking a tree and gas line. The driver was transported to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville with critical injuries.

The crash is being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit. The speed limit changes from 45 MPH to 50 MPH north of on Route 45 north of Grand Avenue.

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