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Woman in life-threatening condition after fiery crash involving garbage truck, sedan in Woodstock

Police investigate a serious crash involving two vehicles on Route 47 north of McConnell Road in Woodstock Friday morning. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

A woman sustained severe injuries following a fiery head-on crash involving her sedan and a garbage truck early Friday morning in Woodstock, police said.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District and Woodstock Police Department responded around 1:58 a.m. Friday to the 600 block of South Eastwood Drive for a vehicle crash.

A preliminary investigation shows a white 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, driven by a 39-year-old woman, was traveling southbound on Route 47.

For unknown reasons, the woman lost control and veered into the northbound lane, striking a commercial garbage truck head-on, according to Police Chief John Lieb.

The female driver of the Chevrolet was not wearing her seatbelt but was trapped in the vehicle due to the damage.

Police investigate a serious crash involving two vehicles on Route 47 north of McConnell Road in Woodstock Friday morning. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

Police officers attempted to extinguish a fire following the crash and firefighters arrived shortly after to finish extinguishing it, the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District said..

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Firefighters also extricated the woman and transported her by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Lieb said.

Fire officials said that a LifeNet medical helicopter was asked to respond but they were unable to fly due to weather conditions.

The driver of the garbage truck refused medical attention and is cooperating fully with the investigation.

The Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) was activated to assist with the crash investigation. The roadway closed in both directions for several hours until 7 a.m.

Lieb said no citations have been issued yet, pending the completion of the investigation.


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