Three people taken to hospital after accident

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:29 p.m. CDT

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

The accident occurred at 12:50 p.m. when Robert Clish, 67, of Harvard, drove out of a private drive way 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.

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 non-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.

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