Emergency crews respond to a serious crash involving two vehicles that left both drivers injured and trapped on Route 176 between Williams Park Road and Mack Drive in Island Lake Thursday morning. | Photo Submitted to Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A man and a woman were both seriously injured and had to be extricated from their vehicles following a head-on crash on Route 176 in Island Lake Thursday morning.

The Island Lake Police Department and Wauconda Fire District responded around 7:10 a.m. Thursday to the area of Route 176 and Williams Park Road in Island Lake for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.

Island Lake Police Chief Jennifer Paulus told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that officers arrived to find a two-vehicle crash with the drivers of both vehicles trapped in their cars.

A 2018 Nissan, driven by a Wauconda woman in her late 50s, was traveling eastbound on Route 176 east of Williams Park Road.

A 1996 Honda four-door, driven by a North Chicago man in his mid to late 20s, was traveling westbound on Route 176 in the same area, Paulus said.

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A witness reported the Honda suddenly entered the oncoming lane of traffic. The woman driving the Nissan attempted to swerve to avoid the collision.

Emergency crews respond to a serious crash involving two vehicles that left both drivers injured and trapped on Route 176 between Williams Park Road and Mack Drive in Island Lake Thursday morning. | Photo Submitted to Lake and McHenry County Scanner

She was unable to avoid the crash and both vehicles collided head-on, resulting in heavy damage and a large debris field, Paulus said.

Both drivers, who were the sole occupants of their vehicles, were trapped inside and had to be extricated by firefighters.

Firefighters extricated the two and paramedics transported them to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Paulus said their conditions were not known but both suffered serious injuries.

Route 176 was shut down between Darrell Road and Mack Drive for approximately an hour.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and no citations have been issued or charges filed yet.