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Prairie Grove motorcycle crash sends two to the hospital

Driver had been going too fast and couldn’t negotiate curve, fire captain says

Two people remained in critical condition Thursday after a single-vehicle motorcycle crash outside Prairie Grove, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said.

Nunda Rural Fire Protection District crews were dispatched at 6:09 p.m. to 2910 Justen Road where they found a bystander performing CPR on a woman and another bystander standing beside a man, Capt. Neil Austin said.

The woman was unconscious and unresponsive, who was taken to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, Austin said. She couldn’t be flown because she was experiencing a traumatic arrest, Austin said, which is when someone goes into heart failure because of a massive trauma.

She was identified Thursday by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office as being 50 years old and from Wonder Lake. The man who was driving the motorcycle was 56 years old and from McHenry.

He was flown via LifeNet to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The man had been going too fast and couldn’t navigate the curve, so he went off the road, where he hit a utility box, Austin said. Neither person riding the motorcycle was wearing a helmet.

Austin called for backup from a McHenry ambulance, a Cary engine and a Crystal Lake ambulance.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

Cassie Buchman

Cassie Buchman

I cover Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Cary, Fox River Grove, Prairie Grove and Oakwood Hills for the Northwest Herald.