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2 people sent to hospital after fiery crash near Marengo

Semitrailer, Jeep involved in fiery rollover wreck, official says

Two people were taken to the hospital after a fiery rollover crash Monday morning, fire officials said.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office warned drivers in a Nixle alert sent about 8:20 a.m. to avoid Coral Road at Maple Street. The intersection is east of Route 23 and south of Marengo.

The crash involved a semitruck and a Jeep, Marengo Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief John Kimmel said.

The Jeep was northbound on Maple Street and failed to stop at a stop sign, according to McHenry County Deputy Tim Creighton. The truck was eastbound on Coral and did not have a stop sign. The truck struck the Jeep, causing it to rollover, Creighton said.

The semitruck caught fire and set a nearby utility pole aflame as well, Kimmel said.

Power was cut in the area as the fire was extinguished.

ComEd remained on the scene about noon, Kimmel said.

The driver of the truck got out of the wreckage without aid, but the driver of the Jeep was trapped and first responders had to extricate him, Kimmel said.

Flight for Life flew the driver of the Jeep to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford with injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver was cited for disobeying a stop sign, Creighton said.

The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Kimmel said.

Coral Road remained closed east of Maple Street as of about 3:30 p.m. Monday because of the damage to the pole and the contents from the gravel truck the semi was carrying, Creighton said. By 6 p.m., the roads were open, he said.

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