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Teen critical after ATV-dirt bike crash

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:30 a.m. CDT
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Kane County Sheriff officials investigate the scene of a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle and two motorcycles Tuesday afternoon on Read Road, near Lily Lake.

VIRGIL TOWNSHIP – A 15-year-old Virgil Township boy, injured in an ATV-dirt bike crash Tuesday in the township, was listed in critical condition this afternoon at Rockford Memorial Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

He and another 15-year-old from Elburn were involved in the crash about 2:30 p.m. near 45W740 Read Road near Lily Lake. They were flown in separate helicopters to area hospitals, officials said. The condition of the Elburn boy, who is at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, is not being released because he is a minor, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Kane County Chronicle is not identifying the teens because of their age.

Tate Haley, assistant fire chief of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, said the teens suffered head injuries, but he was not sure of the extent of their injuries. He said the teens were not wearing helmets.

According to a Kane County Sheriff's Office crash report, the Elburn boy was riding a 2007 Honda 250EX all-terrain vehicle, and the Virgil Township boy was riding a dirt bike, a Honda CR85. According to the report, the Virgil Township boy, riding the dirt bike, came to a stop and the Elburn boy, riding the ATV, rear-ended him.

According to information provided by the Kane County Sheriff's Office, there was a third teen boy, and they were all riding off-road vehicles in the roadway that afternoon when the crash took place.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Chris Collins wrote in an email that the third teen was not involved, but stopped to help. Collins said the ATV came to rest on top of one of the teens.

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