My wife and I were separately eastbound on Route 14 a bit after noon and traffic wasn’t moving.
She managed a left hand turn at Sam’s Club, but I was stuck in the right hand lane.
After some delay I managed to turn left into the Bohl Market shopping center.
The reason for the delay is outlined in the press release below from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
“On April 5th, 2012 at approximately 12:00 P.M. emergency crews from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue and Police Departments responded to the intersection of US Rt. 14 at Exchange Drive, for a traffic crash involving a vehicle on its side.
“Upon arrival crews assessed the drivers of the two involved vehicles, determining none sustained any serious injury.
“An investigation into the crash revealed that a 2011 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck, driven by Ronald E. Oerkfitz (74) of Crystal Lake, had been traveling eastbound on Rt. 14, while a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, driven by David R. Johnson (30) of Cary traveled westbound.
“As the vehicles entered the intersection, Oerkfitz and the pickup truck attempted to turn left on to Exchange Drive, as Johnson and the SUV attempted to traverse the intersection, continuing westbound.
“The vehicles collided within the intersection resulting in severe damage to both. The pickup came to rest within the center of the roadway on its driver’s side.
“Both drivers were able to exit their respective vehicles without the need of extrication.
“Police conducted manual traffic direction as both eastbound and westbound Rt. 14 was reduced to one lane in each direction, until the vehicles and debris could be removed.
“Ronald Oerkfitz was cited with Failure to Yield when Turning Left, 625ILCS5/11-902, and was released from the scene.”