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A sheriff’s deputy saved the life of a driver who was critically injured when a van crashed into his motorcycle on Route 176 in Green Oaks Saturday afternoon.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Libertyville Fire Department and Lake Forest Fire Department responded around 3:40 p.m. Saturday to Route 176 and Bayonne Avenue in Green Oaks for a vehicle crash with injuries.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said the crash involved a Ford Transit Van and Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Deputy Dwight Arrowood arrived and found the operator of the motorcycle, a 55-year-old Skokie man, with a severe leg wound.

The man was bleeding significantly and Arrowood applied a tourniquet on the motorcyclist’s leg to stop the bleeding, Covelli said.

A preliminary investigation shows the driver of the Ford, a 58-year-old Gurnee woman, was traveling eastbound on Route 176.

She attempted to make a left turn onto northbound Bayonne Avenue.

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Covelli said the Ford turned directly in front of the Harley-Davidson, which was traveling westbound on Route 176.

The two vehicles collided and the operator of the motorcycle was thrown from the motorcycle.

The 55-year-old man was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center with critical injuries.

The driver of the Ford and her 26-year-old passenger were uninjured.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Team.