Serious Crash with Person Trapped, Involving Box Truck and Minivan at Russell Rd and Kenosha Rd in Unincorporated Zion

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Winthrop Harbor firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:15 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2019 to a report of a crash with injuries at Russell Road and Kenosha Road in unincorporated Zion. Winthrop Harbor firefighter/paramedics on arrival reported two vehicles with heavy damage with no active fire. Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found a Ford box-truck collided with a Dodge minivan. The driver of the minivan required extrication from the vehicle to be freed from her vehicle.

Flight for Life was requested by 12:22 p.m., but was unable to fly due to weather.

The driver of the Dodge minivan was transported to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.

Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the 1997 Ford Box Truck, a 69-year-old man of Winthrop Harbor, was traveling eastbound on Russell Road. The driver of the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by an 89-year-old female of Beach Park, was traveling northbound on Kenosha Road at a stop sign. Kenosha Road is controlled by a stop sign for northbound and southbound traffic at the intersection, but there is no traffic control device for eastbound and westbound traffic on Russell Road (Lake County A1), which is located on the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.

As the truck was traveling eastbound through the intersection, The driver of the Dodge proceeded northbound in front of the box truck as it passed through the intersection. The front of the truck struck the driver’s side of the Dodge minivan.

The Speed Limit along Russell Road is 55 MPH according to Google Maps Traffic Layer from October 2018.

The crash is under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit. Investigators were on the scene with road closures until about 4:50 p.m.

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