By JIM DALLKE - jdallke@shawmedia.com

Johnsburg man critically injured in crash near Pingree Road

PINGREE GROVE - A Johnsburg man was flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle crash on Route 72, according to authorities.

The driver of the truck, Mike Fritz, said he was turning onto Route 72 when the sedan swerved into his lane, causing the two vehicles to collide. Fritz was told by responding officers that the individual in the sedan was alive but in critical condition.

The individual has been identified as a 26-year-old Johnsburg man, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office. The preliminary investigation shows that the semi-tractor was heading east on Route 72 when the sedan crossed into oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed and struck the semi-tractor.

The sedan caught fire as a result of the collision, and the man had to be extricated from the vehicle, according to a news release. He was then flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville by a Flight For Life helicopter.

The crash took place near Route 72 and Big Timber Road between Gilberts and Pingree Grove.

Gilberts police and Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District also assisted.

Fritz, of McHenry, was not injured.

The investigation is ongoing.

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