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Woman critically injured after crash involving garbage truck near Marengo

A woman was critically injured and a man suffered minor injuries after a garbage truck and an SUV collided near Marengo Wednesday afternoon | Photo by Alex Vucha.

A 76-year-old woman is in critical condition after a crash involving a midsize SUV and a garbage truck in unincorporated Marengo Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Union Fire and Rescue, McHenry County Conservation Police Department and Marengo Fire and Rescue responded to Route 176 and Dunham Road in unincorporated Seneca Township around 3:44 p.m. Wednesday.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek, driven by a 76-year-old Naperville woman, was traveling northbound on Dunham Road approaching the stop sign at Route 176.

A woman was critically injured and a man suffered minor injuries after a garbage truck and an SUV collided near Marengo Wednesday afternoon | Photo by Alex Vucha.

A 2017 Autocar garbage truck, driven by a 45-year-old Union man, was traveling westbound on Route 176 and did not have a stop sign. The Subaru failed to yield at the intersection and drove in front of the garbage truck, sheriff’s officials said.

The garbage truck struck the Subaru and both vehicles drove off the roadway where they struck the guardrail and two trees.

The driver and sole occupant of the Subaru was extricated by firefighters and flown by helicopter to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford where she remains in critical condition, police said.

The driver and sole occupant of the garbage truck was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital with minor injuries.

Airbags deployed in the Subaru and both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The roads around the crash were closed for around five hours while the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit conducted their investigation.


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