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Sheriff's office responds to multiple crashes as snow falls in McHenry County

Sheriff’s office warns drivers to slow down

A car crashed into a pond Thursday near Sunnyside and Pleasant Valley roads in Union.
A car crashed into a pond Thursday near Sunnyside and Pleasant Valley roads in Union.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple crashes throughout the county as snow fell Thursday, Deputy Sandra Rogers said.

Two people were uninjured when their vehicle went off the road and into a pond about 10:45 a.m. at Sunnyside and Pleasant Valley roads in Union. The road curves sharply in that area, Rogers said.

The water was deep enough to go about halfway up the car, she said.

The department was responding to multiple crashes about the same time, she said.

“Most are minor damage, cars going off the road,” she said. “Right now the roads look like you should be able to go the normal speed, but because it is such a fine snow, it is melting and freezing quickly.”

The roads are slick, and drivers should slow down and increase distances between vehicles, she said.

The sheriff’s office has notified township crews to salt the roads, she said.

McHenry County is under a hazardous weather outlook, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow is expected to continue, but accumulation is not likely for McHenry County, according to the service.

Other departments responded to numerous vehicle crashes because of the weather.

Huntley Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Al Schlick said crews responded to six incidents within a half hour Thursday morning, one of which required hospitalization. By 8 p.m., the district had handled about 15 calls, he said.

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