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Three men cited in crash at Routes 14 and 176

CRYSTAL LAKE – Three drivers were given citations after they were involved in a multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of Routes 14 and 176, the Crystal Lake Police Department said.

The accident occurred at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday when Robert Clish, 67, of Harvard, drove out of a private drive to go east on Route 14. Police said Clish's 2012 GMC Terrain collided with a 2008 GMC Denali driven by Chad Chavez, 33, of Crystal Lake, who was going east on Route 14. Clish then collided with a 2005 Ford Freestyle driven by Christopher Otto, 37, of Crystal Lake, who was going west.

All three vehicles sustained extensive damage, leaving them inoperable and requiring them to be towed from the scene, police said.

Three people were taken to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock with what were believed to be injuries that were not life-threatening injuries, police said.

Clish was charged with failure to yield from a private drive and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Chavez was charged with having an expired registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Otto was charged with operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Traffic in the area was redirected or restricted to one lane for about 25 minutes as crews cleared the scene, police said.

– Joseph Bustos

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