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Four injured in accident that shut down Route 23

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 15, 2013 6:06 p.m. CDT

HARVARD – Two passengers were ejected and one had to be extricated from an SUV after it rolled several times off Route 23 Sunday afternoon.

The 1996 Ford Explorer was headed south around the 1800 block of Route 23 in Dunham Township, south of Harvard when the vehicle left the east side of the road, then swerved back across and left the west side of the road.

It rolled several times before coming to a rest upside down, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

Jose Ortiz Gonzalez, 20, of Harvard, was extricated from the vehicle and flown by REACT to Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was listed in critical condition.

Eduardo Cruz Vivero, 22, 1404 Northfield Court Apt. 1B, Harvard, was driving the vehicle when the accident occurred. He was transported to Woodstock Memorial Hospital and listed in stable condition.

Two Harvard boys sitting in the backseat of the vehicle were ejected. They were taken to local hospitals before being moved to St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford and Rockford Memorial, respectively, because of their injuries. Both were listed in stable condition.

Route 23 from Bunker Hill Road to Dunham Road was closed for three hours Sunday.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

–Shawn Shinneman

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