Two Crashes Injure Four Accidents in Huntley Snarl Traffic

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Byline: Tom O'Konowitz Daily Herald Staff Writer

By the looks of the wreckage, it's amazing no one was killed in the two major crashes that occurred within a few hours of each other Monday in Huntley, authorities say.

The separate high-speed crashes both happened on major thoroughfares - the Northwest Tollway and Route 47 - and tied up traffic. In all, four people were injured, two seriously, according to police.

In the first crash, a 65-year-old Rockford man drove his 2001 Chevrolet Impala into the path of a fully loaded cement-mixing truck, as it cruised down Route 47 near Big Timber Road, according to Kane County sheriff's police. The crash occurred at 12:45 p.m.

The impact of the crash sent the Impala spinning around, hitting another car before landing on its driver's side, reports said.

The cement mixer ran into a ditch and flipped onto its side; the other car, a 1998 Mazda Protege, careened off the road after being hit, police said.

Huntley firefighters and paramedics had to cut the roof off the mangled Impala in order to pull out the driver, Terrence Kloss, who suffered non-life-threatening head injuries, said Huntley Fire Capt. Russ Wilson.

"I would've said with that amount of damage he should have been hurt a lot more than he was," Wilson said. "He was lucky."

The driver of the cement mixer and other car that was hit did not suffer injuries.

Kloss was cited by police for failing to yield after stopping at an intersection, said Kane County Sgt. Tom Bumgarner. Kloss was treated at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin and released late Monday. …