One person died and another was flown to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash outside Richmond on Monday morning at Route 173 and Keystone Road.
Fire Chief Henry Gruba of the Richmond Township Fire Protection District said a work van, Jeep and a heavy-duty crane all were involved in the crash.
He said the fire department was called to the scene about 8 a.m. He was not able to provide information about how the crash happened.
“When we arrived on scene, we did triage,” Gruba said.
The department determined there were four patients: two in the work van, one who was the driver of the Jeep and one who was the driver of the crane truck.
The work van driver had died, Gruba said. The work van passenger was flown by a Flight for Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in critical condition.
Gruba said the driver of the Jeep and the driver of the crane both signed refusal forms and were not taken to the hospital.
The Richmond Fire Department responded with two engines and two command vehicles. The Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Hebron fire departments also assisted, Gruba said, as well as the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
Gruba said the Richmond Fire Protection District was cleaning up and securing the scene until 2 p.m. on Monday.
Route 173 and Keystone Road, as well as feeder roads around it, were closed to allow the sheriff’s office to investigate, Gruba said.
The fire department requested two helicopters to the scene, he said, but canceled the second one after they determined that the driver of the work van had died.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to calls or emails regarding the crash.