Head-on Trucks Crash on North Route 53 Near Menards Kills 1, Injures 2 in Long Grove


Box truck and semi-trailer truck crash head-on north of Menards on Route 53 in Long Grove (CARDINAL NEWS). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and firefighters and paramedics from Long Grove Fire Protection District responded about 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at approximately 10:10 a.m., Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Route 53 (Hicks Road) approximately ¼ mile north of Lake Cook Road, Long Grove, for a head-on traffic collision. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found a box truck and semi-truck collided head-on.

The driver of the box truck sustained major injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. An adult male passenger in the box truck was transported via ambulance to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with critical injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was transported via ambulance to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation shows the driver of a 2021 Isuzu box truck, driven by an adult male, was traveling northbound on Route 53. For an unknown reason, the Isuzu crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic, into the path of a southbound 2016 Freightliner semi-truck, driven by a 49-year-old man of Dixon. The semi-truck was hauling a loaded trailer. The box truck and semi-truck collided head-on.

Ernie’s towing was on scene for an extensive operation that included removal of the trucks and the removal of the load from the semi-trailer truck. The two right turn lanes for westbound Lake Cook Road were closed. Route 53 was closed between Lake Cook Road and Long Grove Road during crash scene operations. With the only entrance driveways for Menards on Route 53 north of Lake Cook Road located on Route 53, Menards had practically no customers most of the daylight hours Tuesday — the Menards parking lot was empty.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and an autopsy was scheduled for the driver of the box truck. The identities of the occupants of the box truck were pending.

Lake County Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Investigators worked at the scene of the fatal crash Tuesday morning and into the afternoon, September 19, 2023. The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

Illinois State Police were also on the scene for investigation, as is routine for serious crashes involving trucks and commercial vehicles.

There is a slight left-hand curve for northbound Route 53 where the Speed Limit is posted 40 MPH. There was no Warning Sign for a curve observed near the scene for the northbound lanes on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Also, there was not Warning Sign for a curve in the area captured by Google Maps Street View images on August 2022.

Route 53 transitions from a 4-lane highway to a two-lane highway at the beginning of the curve, approaching from the south near the Davey Tree Expert Company facility, about 800 feet north of the north driveway of Menards.

Route 53 pavement was wet at the time of the crash, and the NWS Office at Chicago Executive Airport reported …

Light Rain, Fog/Mist, Calm winds with an Air Temperature of 58°F at 9:52 a.m., and

Light Rain, SW winds at 3 MPH with an Air Temperature of 59°F at 10:52 a.m.

Roads Slick Tuesday
After a long dry spell, there was heavy rain with around 2 inches of rainfall on Sunday, September 17, 2023. The next rain was Tuesday morning September 19, 2023 with 0.017 inch reported around 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (0.07 at 8:52 a.m. and 0.10 at 9:52 a.m.) reported at the National Weather Service Office at Chicago Executive Airport.

Roads were slick in the northwest suburbs, possibly from road grime, during the rain and wet payment hours on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2023.

Illinois State Police on scene of a fatal head-on truck crash on Route 53 north of Menards in Long Grove on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (CARDINAL NEWS)
Illinois State Police on scene of a fatal head-on truck crash on Route 53 north of Menards in Long Grove on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (CARDINAL NEWS).



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Head-on truck crash map on Route 53 near Menard's in LongGrove (©2023 Google Maps)
Head-on truck crash map on Route 53 near Menard’s in LongGrove (©2023 Google Maps).
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