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A man was ejected from his car and suffered life-threatening injuries and a woman was seriously injured after a van attempted to pass another car, causing a crash near McHenry.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, Island Lake Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded around 7:19 a.m. Thursday to the 1500 block of South River Road in unincorporated McHenry.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find a two-vehicle crash that left both drivers injured.

A preliminary investigation shows that a 1996 Ford Club Wagon van was traveling northbound on River Road and attempted to pass a vehicle in a marked no-passing zone, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Ford lost control and collided with a southbound 2010 Honda Element SUV in the southbound lane of River Road.

The vehicles came to rest in front of the entrance to Moraine Hills State Park.

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The driver of the Ford, a 39-year-old Jacksonville, Oregon man, was ejected from the vehicle.

Sheriff’s officials said he was not wearing a seatbelt and the airbags in the vehicle did not deploy.

The driver of the Honda, a 53-year-old McHenry woman, was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated.

She was wearing her seatbelt and her airbags deployed.

Both drivers were transported to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry, sheriff’s officials said.

The driver of the Ford was then flown by a LifeNet helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Honda is listed in the hospital in serious but stable condition.

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Traffic Crash Investigation Unit.