CARY – A Cary man who had to be cut from a car after he struck a boulder at the end of a curve Tuesday was flown by helicopter to the hospital in serious condition, fire officials said.
The Cary Fire Protection District was dispatched about 9:35 a.m. to the 100 block of Hickory Nut Grove Lane for a report of a vehicle that had struck a boulder about 100 feet from the roadway, leaving the driver trapped inside the vehicle.
At the scene, firefighters cut off the roof, removed a door and peeled away the windshield of a Cadillac sedan before pulling a man from the car and placing him in an ambulance. It took more than 40 minutes to remove the 66-year-old Cary-area man from the mangled car because of the extensive damage, Lt. Michael Douglass said in a news release.
Cary firefighters called Flight for Life to land at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road. The flight crew took the man to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in serious condition, Douglass said.
McHenry County Sheriff’s police also responded to the crash, and Deputy Aimee Knop said the man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Knop said the man was northbound on Hickory Nut Grove Road in a 1997 blue Cadillac when he "failed to negotiate the sharp curve" in the roadway and struck the boulder. The cause of the crash still is under investigation, she said.
Claire Kraemer, who lives on the north side of the curve on Hickory Nut Grove Lane and Hickory Nut Grove Road, said she heard a loud boom that sounded like a dump truck dropping something.
When she came outside, she said she saw the car smashed into the 30,000-pound boulder at the end of her driveway and called 911.
Neighbors who gathered outside said they are used to crashes happening near the curve, where the speed limit is 15 mph.