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updated: 9/25/2012 1:43 PM

St. Charles teen blows stop sign causing serious crash in Elgin

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One person was severely injured and two others suffered minor injuries in a crash that shut down two Elgin area roadways for about four hours Monday, according to authorities.

An initial report indicates a 16-year-old St. Charles boy was driving a Chevy Malibu north on Stevens Road when he blew through the stop sign at McDonald Road and struck an eastbound Nissan Murano at approximately 3:30 p.m., police said

The collision caused the Nissan to flip over onto its roof and while it was flipping over, the Nissan struck a Chevy Impala that was heading west on McDonald Road, according to the Kane County sheriff's department.

The driver of the Nissan Murano, a 55-year-old Hampshire woman, was seriously injured in the crash and was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Police said she is expected to survive the injuries.

The St. Charles teen and the driver of the Chevy Impala, a 21-year-old from unincorporated Elgin, both suffered minor injuries in the crash and were taken to area hospitals.

All three drivers were the only people inside their vehicles.

Police said the 16-year-old who failed to stop at the stop sign told sheriff's deputies that his brakes "went out" before the crash, but deputies are continuing to investigate his claim.

The teen was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Neither drugs nor alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash, according to the sheriff's office.

The intersection was shut down for about four hours while members of the Kane County Crash Reconstruction Team and sheriff's office investigated.

Kane County Sheriff's Lt. Patrick Gengler said the intersection has been the site of "quite a few" crashes, and neighbors at the scene Monday afternoon were questioning why there is not a stop sign on McDonald Road.

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