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Police investigating crash into Algonquin retention pond

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:10 a.m. CDT
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(H. Rick Bamman)
H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com A fire department diver works to secure a tow line to a vehicle after the car plunged into a pond at Corporate Drive and Randall Road in Algonquin on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The driver was rescued through the sun roof as the car began to sink.

ALGONQUIN – Police are investigating a crash in which an Algonquin man drove into a 6-foot-deep retention pond at Algonquin Commons and required rescue from a totally submerged vehicle.

Police said 56-year-old Paul Mellor of Algonquin was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin where he's listed in critical condition.

Mellor was the sole occupant of a Honda passenger car when at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday he went over a parking lot curb, crossed a grassy area and went into the pond near Biaggi's Italian restaurant.

"Without talking to the driver, we don't know what happened," Algonquin Deputy Chief Steve Kuzynowski said. "We're hoping to have some opportunity to talk to him."

The incident was reported by a passerby.

The vehicle was partially underwater by the time crews from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District arrived, a news release from the agency said. It was totally submerged by the time rescue crews entered the water.

Emergency personnel had to break the car's sun roof and cut Mellor's seat belt to pull him to safety, Algonquin Police Sgt. Brett Wisnauski said.

The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District initiated a MABAS call bringing assistance from fire departments in Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Fox River Grove, Woodstock, Wauconda, Lake Zurich, Nunda Township, Cary, McHenry, Lakewood and Wonder Lake.

A water rescue team also brought an additional 30 personnel and 11 pieces of equipment to the scene.

• Reporter Joseph Bustos contributed to this report.

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