Police investigate a fatal crash involving three vehicles on Route 59 between Miller Road and Kelsey Road in Lake Barrington that shut down the roadway for several hours Tuesday afternoon into the evening. | Photo: Nick Rusin

The coroner has released the identity of a 53-year-old woman who died after a three-vehicle crash involving a semi-truck on Route 59 in Lake Barrington Tuesday afternoon.

An autopsy performed Wednesday showed Karen Flintz, 53, of Schaumburg, died as a result of blunt force injuries from a vehicle crash, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Wauconda Fire District responded around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Route 59 north of Miller Road for a vehicle crash with injuries.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said deputies arrived to find three vehicles involved with heavy damage.

A preliminary investigation showed a Hyundai sedan, driven by Flintz, was traveling northbound on Route 59.

The Hyundai veered into the southbound lanes of traffic for an unknown reason as it was traveling north near Lake Barrington Shores.

The Hyundai struck the rear of a semi-trailer, which was being pulled by a 2016 Freightliner semi-truck driven by a 62-year-old Hawthorn Woods man.

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Police investigate a fatal crash involving three vehicles on Route 59 between Miller Road and Kelsey Road in Lake Barrington that shut down the roadway for several hours Tuesday afternoon into the evening. | Photo: Nick Rusin

The Hyundai then struck a southbound Lincoln SUV, driven by a 46-year-old Cary man.

Flintz was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. The other two drivers suffered minor injuries.

Wauconda Fire District Acting Battalion Chief Jason Daun said the two other drivers were transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

A fourth person involved was evaluated at the scene but did not want to be transported to the hospital, Daun said.

Daun said off-duty Elgin Fire Department personnel along with the Barrington Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Route 59 was shut down for several hours while the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Major Crash Assistance Team of Lake County (MCAT) investigated the incident.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and MCAT.

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