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Rockford woman dies, Marengo man in critical condition after Union crash

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UNION – A 27-year-old Rockford woman died and a 24-year-old Marengo man is in the hospital after a Wednesday night crash on Route 176 north of Union, police said.

There were two fatal crashes in McHenry County overnight Wednesday, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers said. The other killed a 44-year-old Woodstock woman on Route 173 east of Hebron.

Union firefighters responded about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday to the 17000 block of Route 176, about a half-mile east of North Union Road near Union, to a reported crash after Marengo firefighters had spotted it while responding to another call, Union Assistant Fire Chief Tim Camp said.

A Rockford woman in a 2005 Honda Civic was driving west on Route 176 and veered into the oncoming lane of traffic for unknown reasons, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office. The Honda collided with a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 24-year-old Marengo man, police said.

The Rockford woman died at the scene. The Marengo Rescue Squad took the man to Centegra Hospital – Huntley with a leg injury, and it later transferred him to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he remained stable but in critical condition, police said.

Investigators suspect cellphone use was a contributing factor in the crash, according to the release. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crash Investigation Unit and McHenry County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the crash.

Both drivers were the sole occupants of their vehicles, and both were wearing seat belts.

The crash closed the road for several hours overnight.

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