Firefighters rescued the driver of a Jeep who was seriously injured after his car plunged at least 30 feet into a creek following a two-vehicle crash in Spring Grove.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and Spring Grove Fire Protection District responded around 5:57 p.m. Wednesday to East Solon Road and Route 12.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and a 2014 Jeep Wrangler involved in the crash.
McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said that the Jeep Cherokee was traveling westbound on Solon Road.
The driver, identified as Michael McGrath, 58, of Spring Grove, failed to stop at the sign and collided with the Jeep Wrangler.
The crash caused the Wrangler to leave the roadway to the south where it ended up in the Nippersink Creek, Rogers said.
The driver of the Wrangler, a 65-year-old Richmond man, sustained serious injuries. McGrath sustained minor injuries.
Richmond Fire Chief Henry Gruba said that firefighters removed the 65-year-old man from the car and carried him on a backboard to an awaiting ambulance.
Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles and were transported by ambulances to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry.
Gruba estimated that the car fell approximately 30-35 feet before landing the creek.
McGrath was issued a notice to appear for driving under the influence of alcohol and citations for failure to obey a stop sign and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
The McHenry Fire Protection District and Richmond Fire Protection District assisted at the scene.