Eight people were hospitalized, including a toddler who was flown by helicopter, after a head-on crash on Route 12 in Fox Lake on Sunday, authorities said.
The Fox Lake Fire Protection District and Fox Lake Police Department responded around 12:10 p.m. Sunday to Route 12 and Riverside Island Drive in Fox Lake for a report of a vehicle crash.
Fox Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Larry VanHoorelbeke said the crash involved two vehicles that collided head-on and both sustained heavy front-end damage.
Crews determined there were eight people injured, VanHoorelbeke said.
A 3-year-old was flown by a LifeNet medical helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for precautionary measures.
A second child was transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry with non-life-threatening injuries.
VanHoorelbeke said an adult female was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with a broken leg and lower back pain.
Five others were also transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Two of the people transported suffered “significant injuries,” police said.
Police said a preliminary investigation showed a Toyota sedan involved was traveling northbound on Route 12.
The Toyota slowed down for a vehicle in front of it that was turning into a driveway.
The driver of the black Dodge Utility involved did not realize the Toyota was slowing down and the Dodge crossed into the southbound lane.
The Dodge struck a silver Jeep SUV that was traveling southbound on Route 12.
Police shut down northbound and southbound Route 12 for more than four hours while the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) investigated.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Fox Lake Police Department at 847-587-3100.