One Killed, One Critically Injured in Crash Involving Crane, Work Van and a Jeep at Route 173 and Keystone Rd, Unincorporated Richmond


McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and Richmond Township Fire Protection District firefighter/paramedics responded about 7:51 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2019 to a report of a crash involving three vehicles at Route 173 and Keystone Road in unincorporated Richmond Township just west of Richmond.

Rescuers arrived to find a work van, a crane and a Jeep involved in the crash. Two patients were in the work van, one patient was the driver of the Jeep, and one patient was the driver of the crane truck.

The driver of the work van was closest to the impact with the crane and was dead at the scene. The work van passenger was extricated from the van and flown by a Flight for Life helicopter to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. He was initially listed in critical condition. A second helicopter response was cancelled when the driver of the van was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Jeep and the driver of the crane were assessed by paramedics, and both signed refusal forms and were not transported to the hospital.

Firefighter/paramedics from Spring Grove Fire Protection District, Hebron Township Fire and Rescue, and Wonder Lake Fire Protection District also assisted Richmond Township FPD firefighter/paramedics. Walworth MD-1 (a physician unit) also responded to the scene.

The dead driver of the Nissan van was identified as a 42-year-old Lake Villa man. The passenger in the van, age 28, from Ingleside, was later listed in serious condition.

Roads near the crash scene were closed until the scene was secured and the on-scene investigation was completed at about 4:00 p.m. Monday. Richmond Police and the Illinois State Police also responded to the scene of the crash.

A preliminary investigation indicated that a 2007 Terex Crane, driven by a 37-year-old Hebron man, was traveling eastbound on Route 173 approaching Keystone Road. A 2017 Nissan NV Cargo van, driven by the 42-year-old Lake Villa man, was traveling northbound on Keystone Road approaching Route 173 and had a stop sign.

The driver of the Nissan failed to yield to traffic, and pulled onto Route 173 in front of the moving crane truck. The crane struck the driver’s side of the Nissan NV Cargo van. Momentum pushed both vehicles from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane of traffic on Route 173, where a 2017 Jeep Wrangler was hit. The Jeep Wrangler was driven by a 19-year-old Richmond woman, who was waiting to turn south onto Keystone Road.

“The maximum speed limit is 65 miles per hour on rural interstates, 55 miles per hour on interstate highways near or in major cities and on other highways, and 30 miles per hour in an urban area unless some other speed restriction is established.”

— Illinois State Police

According to Google Map Street View the Speed Limit is not posted on Route 173. The maximum speed is likely 55 mph near the crash scene. Northbound Keystone Road is at a 75-degree oblique angle with eastbound Route 173 on the left of Keystone Road. Eastbound Route 173 runs east-northeast as it passes the intersection with Keystone Road.

The Nissan NV cargo van was operating as a Window and Door Repair vehicle from Quality Services and Repair based in Spring Grove, Illinois. The crane was from SkyLine Crane Service based in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.



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