Kane County Sheriff’s deputies, and firefighters and paramedics from Huntley Fire Protection District and several McHenry fire/EMS agencies responded about 2:54 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2023 to a crash with multiple injuries and entrapment on Dietrich Road near Dietrich Road and Brier Hill Road in Hampshire. The crash location was discovered at 44W911 Dietrich Road in Hampshire. Police first on the scene reported a two-vehicle crash with entrapment. The crash was located in far north Kane County near McHenry County, and just northeast of the the I-90/US-20 interchange in Hampshire Township.
Firefighters and paramedics on the scene initially estimated that five patients were involved in the two-vehicle crash. Extrication was completed for one patient about 3:43 a.m., and all patients were extricated by 3:55 a.m.
At least one person was transported by a LifeNet Medical transport helicopter to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Patients were also transported to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital and Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.
A MABAS EMS Box #5-950 to the Box Level for five patients was activated at 3:07 a.m. Saturday. A LifeNet medical transport helicopter was launched, and landed in a landing zone near the scene near Dietrich Road and Brier Hill Road. All patients were transported from the scene about 4:15 a.m.
Firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Algonquin, Crystal Lake, and Marengo responded to the scene on Dietrich Road.
Dietrich Road is a narrow 2-lane rural road with narrow shoulders and multiple crests and dips. The crash scene was located near a crest in the road. The Speed Limit according to Google Maps Street View images (captured May 2019) is 40 MPH. Dietrich stretches about 1.4 miles between US-20 and Brier Hill Road.
The roadway is known for “hilltopping” and there are memorial crosses along the shoulder of Dietrich Road from previous fatal crashes. “Hilltopping” is a term that defines intentionally speeding over hills or crests in the a roadway to deliberately cause a vehicle to go airborne. Initially there was no official word from authorities that today’s crash involved hilltopping.
Air Temperature at 2:55 a.m. at DeKalb Airport was 22°F with a Dew Point of 20°F with winds from the SW at 3 MPH. Wind Chill with low wind was NA. Road were reported to be slick in Chicagoland, possibly with frost. The most recent temperature above freezing was 33°F at 2:35 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023.
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