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Authorities say two people were critically injured after they were ejected from their car that crashed into traffic control devices at a high rate of speed in Lake Forest.

The Lake Forest Police Department and Lake Forest Fire Department responded around 10:35 p.m. Wednesday to the area of Route 41 and Route 60 for a vehicle crash with serious injuries.

Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Michael Lange said a preliminary investigation showed a silver 2022 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Route 41.

The Ford crossed Route 60 at a high rate of speed and the vehicle veered into the traffic control devices at the intersection.

Lange said it is unclear why the driver of the Ford lost control. The traffic light poles sustained extensive damage.

Two people in the car were ejected during the collision. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor.

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The two victims were transported to area hospitals with critical injuries, Lange said.

The Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) responded to the scene and is assisting the Lake Forest Police Department with the investigation.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Auxiliary Deputy Unit also responded to the scene and assisted with traffic control.

The intersection was shut down for several hours into early Thursday morning.

Lange said the names of the subjects involved are not being released yet due to the nature of the ongoing investigation.

Charges are expected to be filed and more information would be released at that point, Lange added.