An 81-year-old woman was flown to the hospital with serious injuries after she was trapped in her car following a head-on crash on Route 59 in Antioch Tuesday.
The Antioch Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Antioch Fire Department responded around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday to Route 59 and Bowles Road for a vehicle crash with injuries.
A preliminary investigation determined that a white Kia was traveling southbound on Route 59, according to Village of Antioch Communication Manager Jim Moran.
The Kia crossed the center line of traffic and struck a northbound Ford F-250 pickup truck head-on, Moran said.
The driver of the Kia, an 81-year-old Antioch woman, was trapped inside her vehicle.
The Antioch Fire Department worked for at least 30 minutes to free the woman from the wreckage.
A Mercyhealth REACT helicopter landed nearby at a church at Route 59 and Grass Lake Road.
The helicopter flew the woman to an area hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the Ford, a 58-year-old Lake Villa resident, suffered minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital, Moran said.
The Antioch Police Department requested assistance from the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) due to the seriousness of the crash.
Route 59 between Bowles Road and Heron Drive was shut down for approximately four hours.
Moran said the names of those involved are currently being withheld.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Antioch Police Department and MCAT.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story indicated that police said the female victim was 83 years old. Authorities later said she is actually 81 years old.