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Firefighter transported to hospital after crash involving ambulance, snowplow truck in McHenry County

Two vehicles including an ambulance and a snowplow truck were involved in a crash at E Coral Rd and S Union Rd in Coral Township Sunday. | Photo: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A firefighter was transported to the hospital after a Marengo ambulance responding lights and sirens to a call crashed into a snowplow truck Sunday in an unincorporated area of McHenry County.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash around 4:20 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of South Union Road and East Coral Road in Coral Township, which is southeast of Marengo and south of the town of Union.

A Marengo Fire Protection District ambulance was responding lights and sirens westbound on Coral Road east of Union Road to a 911 call for a vehicle crash with injuries.

McHenry County Sheriff Spokeswoman Sgt. Aimee Knop said a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500 truck with a snowplow was traveling northbound on Union Road south of Coral Road.

The 31-year-old male driving the ambulance yielded and looked both ways as the ambulance approached the intersection, Knop said.

The driver saw no other vehicles and proceed past the stop sign into the intersection.

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Two vehicles including an ambulance and a snowplow truck were involved in a crash at E Coral Rd and S Union Rd in Coral Township Sunday. | Photo: Alex Vucha / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a 64-year-old man, did not see any vehicles and continued through the intersection since there are no stop signs for northbound and southbound Union Road traffic.

The ambulance struck the rear bumper of the Chevrolet and drove into a snow embankment, causing damage to the front of the ambulance.

Knop said that there is a house on the southeast corner of the intersection which could have impacted the visibility of each vehicle. It was also snowing at the time of the crash, Knop added.

A 24-year-old female firefighter in the front passenger seat of the ambulance was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

No citations were issued. Both vehicles were able to drive away from the scene and did not need to be towed, Knop said.


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