A five-vehicle crash on Route 12 south of Molidor Road in Volo left one person hospitalized Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said. | Photo: Mellencougar – John Cougar Mellencamp Tribute (via Facebook)

A semi-truck driver was cited after police say he hit four stopped cars on Route 12 in Volo, leaving a woman hospitalized Monday afternoon.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Fire Protection District responded around 3 p.m. Monday to Route 12 south of Molidor Road in Volo for a multiple-vehicle crash with injuries.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a 2005 Volvo semi-tractor was traveling northbound on Route 12.

The semi-truck, which was pulling an empty trailer, was approaching Molidor Road.

Covelli said the semi-truck struck a stopped Hyundai Elantra.

The Volvo then struck a Ford Focus before sideswiping a Honda Odyssey and then striking a Toyota Camry.

Multiple ambulances were called to the scene and heavy traffic delays were reported in the northbound lanes of Route 12.

Firefighters had to extricate one victim from a vehicle.

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The driver of the Hyundai, a 24-year-old Fox Lake woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Covelli said.

She was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center by ambulance.

The driver of the Volvo was identified as Dariusz Prostko, 54, of Schiller Park.

Covelli said that Prostko was unable to explain to sheriff’s deputies what caused him to hit the four vehicles, which were stopped at a red light.

Prostko was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and improper lane usage.