A 47-year-old man was killed after an SUV crashed head-on into his car during a three-vehicle crash on Route 60 in Round Lake Tuesday morning, police said.
The Round Lake Police Department and Grayslake Fire Protection District responded around 8:14 a.m. Tuesday to the area of Route 60 and Bacon Road in Round Lake for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.
Round Lake Police Chief David Prus said officers arrived to find three vehicles involved west of the intersection.
A Dodge Durango was traveling eastbound on Route 60 in the area where the two eastbound lanes merge into one lane, Prus said.
Prus said a preliminary investigation showed the Dodge overtook a vehicle near the merge in the roadway and possibly lost control.
The Dodge crossed into the westbound lane of traffic and struck a westbound Toyota Camry head-on.
Prus said a Volkswagen Jetta then struck the rear of the Dodge. The drivers of the Toyota and Dodge were trapped in their vehicles.
A medical helicopter was initially requested to the scene for the driver of the Toyota, who was unconscious and not breathing. The helicopter was later canceled.
Firefighters extricated both drivers and paramedics transported all three drivers to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Prus said.
The driver of the Toyota, a 47-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office said an autopsy was performed on the man, who was a Wheeling resident, Tuesday afternoon.
The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to his family.
The two other drivers involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Prus said. There were no passengers in any of the cars.
Route 60 was shut down at the scene for approximately four hours while the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) conducted an investigation.
No charges have been filed yet as the investigation and crash reconstruction is still underway.