An officer was injured after officers and a bystander rescued an unconscious driver from a Tesla that crashed and caught on fire in Round Lake Sunday evening.
The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District and Round Lake Police Department responded around 9:59 p.m. Sunday to Route 120 and Wildspring Road in Round Lake for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.
Firefighters arrived to find a single-vehicle crash involving a 2020 Tesla Model 3, according to Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Tony Carraro.
The Tesla had sustained damage to the front end, roof and rear end after coming to a rest in the raised median on Wildspring Road just south of Route 120.
Fire crews found flames coming from the occupant compartment and the lithium-ion battery compartment, Carraro said.
The driver, who was the sole occupant, was found unconscious inside the vehicle.
Several police officers and a bystander were able to rescue the driver from the car just as fire crews arrived.
The driver was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
A Round Lake police officer was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation but did not require transport to the hospital, Carraro said.
Additional fire companies were requested to the scene to assist with extinguishing the fire.
A-Tire towing crews assisted by flipping the car on its passenger side to enable firefighters to access the battery compartment of the vehicle.
Firefighters worked for nearly two hours and used approximately 10,000 gallons of water to extinguish the battery compartment fire, Carraro said.
The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District was assisted at the scene by the Grayslake and Fox Lake fire departments.
The Lake Villa and Wauconda fire departments provided coverage for calls in the Round Lake area.
Authorities have not released the driver’s current condition or what caused the crash.