A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
Four Car Crash Injures Two at Intersection of Route 176 and Route 31
On April 19th, 2013 at 2:55 PM, emergency crews from the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department and Crystal Lake Police Department responded to the intersection of Illinois Rt. 31 and Illinois Rt. 176 for a report of a multi-vehicle crash.
Upon arrival crews determined four vehicles had been involved in a crash in the northbound lanes, on the north side of the intersection.
Paramedics transported two drivers to Centegra-Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, one believed to have non life-threatening injuries, while the other was in critical condition.
Initial investigation into the cause of the crash revealed all four vehicles had been northbound on Rt. 31, in the inner lane, when three came to a stop due to traffic congestion.
The fourth vehicle collided with one of the vehicles, careened off and impacted a second, forcing that vehicle into the final vehicle involved.
Traffic was diverted from the area for approximately one hour as crews tended to the injured, conducted the on-scene investigation, and cleared the vehicles and debris from the roadway.
Crystal Lake Police continue to investigate this incident, including interviewing witnesses and all participants. No citations have been issued nor have any arrests occurred at this time.
The identity of the subjects involved is being withheld pending notification of family of those injured.