A woman and a man were hospitalized after a car drove into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on crash that left one of the cars fully engulfed in flames in Wadsworth.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Newport Township Fire Protection District responded around 6 p.m. Thursday to Route 41 and Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth for a vehicle crash with injuries.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a preliminary investigation shows a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling westbound on Wadsworth Road east of Route 41.
A 2019 Dodge Challenger, driven by a 46-year-old Zion woman, was traveling eastbound on Wadsworth Road in the same area.
Covelli said the Dodge was traveling in the wrong lanes of traffic — eastbound in the westbound lanes.
The driver of the Chevrolet, a 40-year-old Kenosha, Wisconsin man, swerved to avoid the crash.
As the Chevrolet swerved, the driver of the Dodge also swerved in the same direction, Covelli said.
Both vehicles collided head-on and the Dodge caught on fire and became engulfed in flames.
The driver of the Chevrolet was transported by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha with non-life-threatening injuries, Covelli said.
The driver of the Dodge was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville also with non-life-threatening injuries.
Covelli said drugs and alcohol are not suspected.
The driver of the Dodge was charged with improper lane usage and is scheduled to appear in court on October 30.