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21-year-old man killed after crashing head-on into box truck in Wauconda

A man was killed following a crash involving a car and a truck on Route 12 south of Route 176 in Wauconda Friday morning. | Provided photo.

A 21-year-old man was killed after he drove into the wrong lanes of Route 12 in Wauconda and crashed head-on into a delivery truck early Friday morning, police said.

The Wauconda Fire District and Wauconda Police Department responded around 2:56 a.m. Friday to Route 12 near Route 59 for a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

Officers found a white Mitsubishi Eclipse and a green International delivery truck that had crashed into each other.

A preliminary investigation showed that the International delivery truck was traveling northbound on Route 12 and the Mitsubishi was traveling southbound on Route 12.

Wauconda Police Department Public Information Officer Heather Cognac said the Mitsubishi crossed the center median for an unknown reason and collided into the delivery truck head-on in the northbound lanes.

The Mitsubishi was driven by a 21-year-old man who was pronounced dead on the scene, Cognac said. A 62-year-old man driving the delivery truck was uninjured.

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The Lake County Coroner’s Office is scheduling an autopsy on the victim and will release his identity following notification to next of kin.

The Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT), Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Zurich Police Department, Island Lake Police Department and Mundelein Police Department assisted the Wauconda Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing and will be handled by the Wauconda Police Department and Major Crash Assistance Team.


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