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Man injured after crash on Route 12

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A 71-year-old man driving a minivan on Route 12 near Hill Road was involved in a head-on collision. The unidentified man was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry with injuries that were not life-threatening. A second man also was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries.

RICHMOND – Two vehicles collided head-on Wednesday in nearly the same location as a fatal crash last month.

About 4:58 p.m. crews were called to Route 12, just south of Hill Road. The driver of a minivan, a 71-year-old unidentified man, whose car was in the middle of the road, had to be extricated from his vehicle. Airbags deployed in the van, and the man was wearing his seat belt, Richmond Township Fire Protection District Chief Rick Gallas said.

“We had an accident on [Dec. 23] in almost the exact same place, this was maybe about 200 feet to the south,” the fire chief said.

Heather Paprocki, 43, of McHenry later died from injuries she suffered in the December crash.

The 71-year-old man was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.

The second driver, an unidentified 53-year-old man, was walking and responsive when crews arrived on the scene, Gallas said. His car went into a nearby ditch.

He was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries.

Route 12 was closed as fire crews took about 15 minutes to extricate the minivan driver and clear the scene.

– Chelsea McDougall

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