RICHMOND – A head-on collision of two vehicles along Route 12 in Richmond sent four people to the hospital, two of whom were airlifted with serious injuries.
The Richmond Fire Department arrived at the scene along Route 12, just north of Hill Road, at 3:21 p.m.
Responders found a 43-year-old female driver alongside the road with serious but not life-threatening injuries, said Richmond Fire Chief Rick Gallas.
The woman had been driving an SUV involved in the crash. Officials also found a 12-year-old boy at the back end of the SUV with similar injuries.
The two were airlifted to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
A third passenger in the SUV was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry for treatment for less severe injuries, Gallas said.
Officials also quickly extinguished an engine fire in a sedan involved in the crash. The driver, a male in his 60s, also was taken to Centegra in McHenry, Gallas said.
A third car also was damaged, but the three occupants walked away from the scene without injuries.
The department requested five total ambulances and two emergency helicopters. The scene was cleared at 4:15 p.m., with traffic being cut off along Route 12 for 45 minutes.
The Richmond Police Department wasn’t releasing details of the investigation or the identities of the injured passengers as of Sunday evening.
– Stephen Di Benedetto