As I was heading to the McHenry County Courthouse complex for the Republican Party-sponsored Chicago Food Pantry food giveaway, a Woodstock Police car came screaming down Business 14 and turned onto Route 47.
It was easy to tell that this was not a routine call and, given the time of night, something before six P.M., I guessed it was an auto accident.
Stopping for gas at the Citgo to avoid Mayor Aaron Shepley’s 75% sales tax increase, a Sheriff’s squad car was accelerating down 47.
We got to the light at Judd Street, on which the main Fire Station is located. I noticed the little light next to the traffic light was white.
Sure enough, what has to be one of Woodstock’s biggest engine, number “01,” rolled around the corner onto Route 47 going south.
While at the courthouse parking lot another engine, siren blasting, came down Ware Road, turning south on Route 47.
I decided to take Route 47 home. Before reaching Bypass 14, I noticed a helicopter heading in a northerly direction. I thought it might be a Flight for Life, but I couldn’t figure out what hospital it might be heading for. Rockford is west and the helicopter seemed to be heading more northwest.
Continuing down 47, we reached a roadblock at Lucas Road.
East or west were our choices. I went west a bit and parked.
You can see what my long lens caught of this major accident. Two cars seemed to have been involved. There is a red truck with a blue trailer which might have been part of the accident, too. Maybe it is just blocking the road to prevent other cars from hitting the wrecked ones. Another white semi probably stopped to help.
The fire engines had left, but two Sheriff’s Department squad cars were there. The deputies were examining the car on the road, which appeared to have been hit head-on.
Below you can see a close-up of the demolished car in the middle of the road.
The white car which ended up in the western ditch is seen next.
We drove west on Lucas and down Dean Street Road to Route 176. It took a long time to get out onto the main road.
At the intersection of Routes 176 and 47, a Sheriff’s Deputy told northbound cars to head west to Dean Street and it would take them to Woodstock.
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Gus Philpott’s Woodstock Advocate has a story on the crash here. Included is an earlier photo.