Police and fire crews were called about 12:20 a.m. Thursday to the
9800 block of Route 173 for the second fatal crash in McHenry County in a three-hour period, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
A 20-year-old Woodstock woman had been driving a 2004 Mazda Tribute east on Route 173 when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle traveled into the westbound lane, police said. The 44-year-old woman was in the passenger seat.
A 56-year-old Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, woman was driving a 2010 Dodge Journey west and collided with the Mazda when it drifted into her lane, police said.
The 44-year-old was taken to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center – Harvard, where she later died. Both drivers were taken to Centegra hospitals with injuries.
Air bags deployed in both vehicles. Police said drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Major Crash Investigation Unit and McHenry County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the incident.
The Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District, Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, Richmond Township Fire Protection District, Spring Grove Fire Protection District, Mercy MD-1 and Flight for Life responded to the crash.