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updated: 8/28/2012 8:00 PM

Elgin woman pinned in vehicle for 30 minutes after crash

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  • Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.comElgin fire and police personnel responded to a crash which involved a minivan on its side along Larkin Avenue near Melrose Avenue on Tuesday evening.

      Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.comElgin fire and police personnel responded to a crash which involved a minivan on its side along Larkin Avenue near Melrose Avenue on Tuesday evening.

 
 

A 68-year-old woman was trapped in her overturned vehicle for about 30 minutes after she was struck by another vehicle early Tuesday evening in Elgin, according to authorities.

The woman was driving a Nissan minivan west on Larkin Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle heading north on Melrose Avenue at 5:10 p.m., police said.

The minivan rolled onto its side during the collision, trapping the woman inside the vehicle and partially under the vehicle for 30 minutes while crews worked to free her, Elgin Fire Captain Richard Cummings said.

The woman suffered serious injuries, but was conscious and talking with rescue crews as they stabilized the van and tore the roof off the vehicle to reach her.

The woman, who is an Elgin resident, was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital to be treated for what are believed to be nonlife threatening injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet that struck the minivan, a 57-year-old Elgin woman, was cited for failing to yield right of way, according to police.

The roadway was closed for nearly two hours during the extrication and police investigation.

Police said the drivers were the only people in both vehicles.

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