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2-vehicle crash on Charles Road sends 3 to hospital

Lane closures for tree trimming led to rear-end collision, Woodstock Fire Captain says

A two-vehicle crash on Charles Road near Timber Line Trail in Woodstock sent three people to the hospital Thursday afternoon, Woodstock Fire Rescue District Capt. Scott Nieman said.

Fire rescue officials responded to reports of a crash at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, sending a fire engine and three ambulances to assist McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies, Nieman said.

The crash occurred on a section of Charles Road where a tree services company, Asplundh Tree Expert, was trimming trees for ComEd.

Nieman said traffic was being controlled by a traffic flagger because that portion of the road just west of Timber Line Trail was down to one lane for cars going in both directions.

A traffic flagger is “a person that will say stop or slow, letting one lane of traffic go at a time,” Nieman said.

One vehicle, a white van, stopped in response to the traffic flagger’s signal when a second vehicle, a black Jeep, failed to stop, rear-ending the first vehicle. The Jeep sustained extensive damage to the front end of the vehicle.

Ultimately, three people involved in the crash were taken to Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Nieman said.

The stretch of Charles Road where the crash occurred was closed for about 30 minutes as first responders worked to clear the area, but the road now is open.

An investigation into the crash by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing.

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