Press Release- Sheriff’s Office Investigating Serious Two-Vehicle Crash

7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

A 76-year-old Naperville woman is in critical condition and a 45-year-old Union man sustained minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash in unincorporated Marengo Wednesday afternoon. 

 At 3:44 p.m., on July 3rd, 2019, Sheriff's Office Deputies, McHenry County Conservation Police, Union Township Fire and Rescue, and Marengo Township Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 176 and Dunham Road in unincorporated Seneca Township. 

 Preliminary investigation indicated that a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, driven by the 76-year-old woman, was traveling northbound on Dunham Road approaching the stop sign at Route 176.  A 2017 Autocar garbage truck, driven by the 45-year-old man, was traveling westbound on Route 176 and did not have a stop sign.  For unknown reasons the Crosstrek failed to yield at the intersection and drove in front of the garbage truck.  The garbage truck struck the Crosstrek and both vehicles traveled off the roadway to the northwest side of the intersection where they struck the guardrail and two trees. 

 The driver, and sole occupant, of the Crosstrek was extricated by Marengo and Union Township Fire and Rescue and flown by helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital on Riverside Road in Rockford where she remains in critical condition.  The driver, and sole occupant, of the garbage truck was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Hospital in Huntley with minor injuries.

 Airbags deployed in the Crosstrek, and both drivers were wearing seatbelts.  That area of Route 176 was closed for approximately five hours.   The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Major Crash Investigation Unit. 



2018 Subaru Crosstrek                                             2017 Autocar Garbage Truck

76-year-old woman                                                     45-year-old man

Naperville, IL                                                              Union, IL




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