2 Horses Killed in Separate Collisions Before Sunrise Near Route 120 and Thompson Rd, NE of Woodstock


Woodstock Fire/Rescue District firefighters responded about 4:56 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 to the area of Route 120 and Thompson Road northeast of Woodstock in Greenwood Township to a report of a crash involving horses. Firefighters on arrival discovered two vehicles with heavy damage, and two large horses dead in the roadway on Route 120 just south of the intersection with Thompson Road.

The two horses died at the scene after being struck by vehicles in two separate collisions early Friday morning before sunrise. The drivers of the two vehicles were assessed by paramedics, and did not initially report any injuries.

No people were riding the horses at the time of the crashes.

Both vehicles were eastbound on Route 120 when the horses were hit, according to Woodstock Fire/Rescue District. A white Ford van struck one horse at the intersection of Thompson Road, and a red GMC pickup truck struck a second horse just west of the intersection.

Route 120 was closed in both directions for about 90 minutes for investigation, towing, removal of the horse and cleanup of the area.

Route 120 was reopened in both directions at 6:30 a.m.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies initially did not know how the horses were running free in the roadway. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crashes.

The crash scene was located on a curve of Route 120 (Greenwood Road) just south of Thompson Road. The Speed Limit is not posted in the area, except with a Curve Warning Sign that posts 45 MPH according to a Google Maps Street view image captured September 2012. The Speed Limit on Illinois is 55 MPH on unposted rural 2-lane highways .

Speed Limits in Illinois

Individuals may drive at the maximum allowable speed only under safe conditions. For safety purposes, a minimum speed limit may be posted along certain roadways.

When minimum limits are not posted, a driver should not drive so slow as to create an interference with the normal movement of traffic. The following speed limits apply, unless otherwise posted:

• Interstates and tollways — 70 mph.

• Highways with four lanes — 65 mph.

• Other highways and rural areas — 55 mph.

• City/town areas — 30 mph.
• Alleys — 15 mph.

• School zones — 20 mph (on school days between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. when children are present and signs are posted).

Local municipalities have the discretion to post speed limits different from those listed.

— Rules of the Road, Illinois Secretary of State



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