This from Larry Shapiro:

Firefighters were called to the scene of a head-on crash this afternoon on Old McHenry Road north of Cuba Road in Long Grove. First arriving companies reported one car vs a semi ¬†with a fire and the car’s driver trapped. The driver was extricated in short order and transported to Condell Hospital … the fire, reported to have encroached into the passenger compartment was quickly contained.

The semi was parked on the shoulder (northbound on the southbound side of the road) as the driver was delivering building materials up a long driveway with a piggyback truck mounted forklift. He reported seeing smoke as he approached the street having never heard the impact of the crash. He attempted to fight the fire with an extinguisher as did a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Here are some images from the scene.


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Firefighters work to extinguish the fire and free the driver. Larry Shapiro photo

car fire with trapped driver

Two Long Grove firefighters work to free the driver from the car as another fights the fire. Larry Shapiro photo

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The airbag did not deploy during the crash. Larry Shapiro photo

More images are at