McHENRY – Two people had to be taken to hospitals on Sunday after they were involved in a car accident that shut down River Road for almost 90 minutes.
McHenry County Sheriff's Sgt. Porfirio Campos-Cruz said a 2001 Honda driven by a 21-year-old Crystal Lake man, was going south on River Road when it crossed the center line and collided with a 2010 Ford driven by a 59-year-old Marengo woman, who was going north.
The head-on collision took place about 3:05 p.m between the entrance of Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam Road, said McHenry Township Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Dave Hardwood.
The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle, a process that took 33 minutes, Hardwood said. She was flown to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville in serious, but stable, condition.
The man taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry in fair condition.
Names of the people in involved in the crash were not released. The accident is still under investigation.
A dog, which was in the woman's car, also sustained some injuries, but was expected to be OK, Hardwood said. McHenry County Animal Control took the dog to an emergency veterinarian clinic in Crystal Lake.
River Road was shut down from 3:07 p.m. to 4:26 p.m., while emergency crews worked.