One of three injured in Richmond crash is 'very lucky'

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 10:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 12:19 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND – An accident that seriously injured two people and sent a third to the hospital with minor injuries could have been a lot worse, Richmond Fire Chief Rick Gallas said.

Slick roads likely were the cause of the two-vehicle accident between a tow truck and a four-door sedan at about 6:15 p.m. Friday. The accident occurred on Route 173 just west of North Solon Road.

All three passengers were taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry. Gallas called the passenger of the sedan a “very lucky young lady.”

“She’s injured, but it could have been much worse,” he said. “It was a very significant hit.”

The sedan, which was barely recognizable, required a prolonged extrication, Gallas said. The woman, who was the passenger, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and the male driver had minor injuries.

The driver of the truck – a flat-bed style tow truck that was carrying a car – also suffered serious injuries.

The truck hit an electrical pole, and the driver was pinned inside and had to be extricated, Gallas said.

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, but Gallas said emergency crews would have utilized Flight for Life services had the weather allowed.

The accident occurred near a part of the road where snow had been blowing.

“I don’t know that it necessarily hindered the visibility, but it caused snow to come across the street, and it was getting greasy,” he said.

Despite hampered rescue efforts, Gallas said the injured individuals arrived at the hospital within the “golden hour,” the crucial hour-long window following traumas.

In an earlier version of this story, the woman in the sedan, who was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, was listed as the driver.  The Northwest Herald regrets the error.

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