Chain reaction car crash injures 2 in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles police officers responded to a five-car crash on Route 31 north of Wood Lane at 5:55 p.m. Nov. 30.

A Jeep Commander driven by Michael Potts, 25, of St. Charles, was traveling southbound on Route 31, when his vehicle struck a Volkswagen Jetta, driven by a 17-year-old girl from St. Charles, that was stopped in traffic, St. Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Kintz stated in an email.

This resulted in a chain reaction pushing the Volkswagen into a Honda Pilot, driven by a 34-year-old woman from St. Charles, who was waiting to make a left turn, Kintz stated.

The impact pushed the Honda and the Volkswagen into the way of oncoming traffic, where the Volkswagen struck two northbound vehicles, a Nissan Juke driven by a 25-year-old woman from South Elgin and a Honda Pilot driven by a 32-year-old man from South Elgin, Kintz stated.

The 17-year-old driver of the Volkswagen and the 34-year-old driver of the Honda were taken to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva by the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District with non-life threatening injuries, Kintz stated.

Four of the vehicles involved in the incident had to be towed away, Kintz stated.

The Kane County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene

Potts received a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Kintz stated.