A 42-year-old man is in critical condition after another vehicle, which was reportedly driving recklessly and speeding, ran a red light and slammed into his car in Wadsworth.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Fire Protection District responded around 4:15 p.m. Saturday to the intersection of Route 41 and Route 173 in Wadsworth.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call of a vehicle crash with injuries found two vehicles involved with major damage.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a preliminary investigation shows a Nissan Altima was traveling westbound on Route 173.
The Nissan, driven by a 45-year-old Zion man, was driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed, according to witnesses, Covelli said.
The driver of the Nissan ran the red light at Route 41 and t-boned a southbound Ford F-150.
A 42-year-old Zion man, who was driving the Ford, suffered life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Ford was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in critical condition, Covelli said.
The Ford had a front-seat passenger and two back-seat passengers.
The three passengers, which included a 50-year-old Zion woman, a 12-year-old Zion boy and a 10-year-old Zion girl, were treated at the scene.
The three of them did not require transport to the hospital, Covelli said.
The driver of the Nissan and a front seat passenger in the Nissan, a 50-year-old woman of Zion, were both transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
They suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.