A three-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Keystone Road and Route 173 in McHenry County, Illinois, on Monday morning last week. Of the four involved occupants, one required transportation to the hospital via helicopter, and another died at the scene. The two remaining sustained no injury.
A work cargo van containing a 42-year-old driver and a 28-year-old passenger reportedly approached the intersection with Route 173 while traveling north on Keystone. The van driver’s alleged failure to yield to oncoming traffic at the stop sign reportedly caused him to enter the path of an oncoming crane truck, which struck the van.
The force of the collision then propelled the two vehicles into an SUV waiting to make a turn from the westbound lane. Both the 19-year-old female driver of the SUV and the 38-year-old male driver of the crane truck refused medical treatment.
Current information about the van passenger’s condition is not available. Hospital staff listed him in serious condition upon his arrival via Flight for Life. Responders at the scene canceled another Flight for Life helicopter upon realizing that the van driver had succumbed to his injuries.
As of Friday, McHenry County authorities were still investigating the scene. The crash was so severe that it closed the roadway for seven hours thereafter. The van driver leaves behind a son, and family members are asking for donations to a fund for his well-being and education in lieu of flowers.
It can be difficult to know what to do following a car or truck accident that results in death and/or severe injury. A consultation with an attorney may help to add clarity to the situation.