A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
Vehicle Crash Route 31 & Brighton Lane
On Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 4:27 p.m., Crystal Lake Fire Rescue and Police Departments responded to a traffic crash at Route 31 and Brighton Lane.
Upon arrival emergency crews found that a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix had left the roadway and crashed into a NICOR Gas utility box located at the intersection of Rt. 31 and Brighton Lane.
Fire Rescue personnel transported the driver; sole occupant of the vehicle; Evan T. Hoeltje (21) of McHenry City to Northern Illinois Medical Center for evaluation and treatment for some minor injuries.
Because the vehicle had come to rest on top of a NICOR utility gas vault and because there was an odor of natural gas present, precautionary measures were taken and Route 31 was closed down for approximately 47 minutes.
NICOR and Com Ed were called to the scene and after conducting an inspection of their utilities, it was deemed safe and the vehicle was removed.
The driver reported as he was traveling north bound on Route 31, he experienced a failure with his vehicles braking system.
At that time the driver reported that he jumped from his moving vehicle, which veered off the road colliding into the NICOR utilities. Crystal Lake Police continue to investigate the cause.
At this time, no citations have been issued.