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One injured in head-on crash in Crystal Lake

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 2:58 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 8:36 a.m. CDT
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(Allison Goodrich - agoodrich@shawmedia.com)
At least one motorist was transported to a hospital after a head-on collision on Congress Parkway in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoon, according to the Crystal Lake Police Department.

CRYSTAL LAKE – One motorist was transported to a hospital after a head-on collision on Congress Parkway in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoon, according to the Crystal Lake Police Department.

The brake lights of one vehicle never lit up before it veered left and hit another vehicle heading the opposite direction, a witness said. The accident occurred about 1:50 p.m.

John Glynn of Crystal Lake was driving on Congress Parkway toward Federal Drive when the vehicle in front of him – a 2006 Toyota RAV4, police said – glided into the wrong lane toward another vehicle.

"No brake lights, no nothing," Glynn said on scene.

After the collision, the female driver of the vehicle in front of him got out and collapsed, Glynn said.

"She walked around then just collapsed," he said. "It appeared she was having a seizure."

Police identified the driver as Judith Puckett, 50, of Lake in the Hills. Puckett was experiencing a "medical issue" at the time of the accident, according to a news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department.

She was taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for medical evaluation and treatment.

Neither driver sustained serious injuries related to the crash. Dwayne Kuhn, 53, of Crystal Lake, who was traveling west in a 2009 Jeep Liberty when his car was struck by Puckett's, did not require transportation to the hospital, the release said.

Glynn said he and another witness stayed with the driver until emergency responders arrived.

Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

Puckett was cited for improper lane use and is due in court Aug. 28.

Crews manually directed traffic around the scene for about 30 minutes while they tended to the drivers, removed the vehicles and investigated, the release said.

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