RICHMOND – One person was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry with serious injuries Tuesday afternoon, after their mini-van collided with a semi-truck carrying a full load of gravel along Tryon Grove Road in Richmond.
The Richmond Fire Department responded to the area at 1:53 p.m. and found the mini-van driver trapped inside. Firefighters took 28 minutes to cut the driver out of the car and drove them to the hospital for treatment, said Richmond Fire Chief Rick Gallas.
The driver of the semi-truck was also taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Gallas said. Officials initially requested Flight for Life to transport the mini-van driver, but canceled it because of inclement weather.
The collision caused the semi-truck to rollover and spill the gravel across Tryon Grove Road, between Keystone Road and Route 31. Officials reopened the area to motorists around 7:30 p.m., after cleaning and securing the roadway for more than five hours.
Fire departments at Spring Grove, Hebron and Wonder Lake were called to assist with the accident.
– Stephen Di Benedetto