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26-year-old man airlifted from crash west of Gilberts

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  • Police and fire department officials were on the scene of an accident involving a car and a semitrailer Thursday morning on Route 72 at Big Timber Road near Gilberts. Police said the man driving the car was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Libertyville.

       Police and fire department officials were on the scene of an accident involving a car and a semitrailer Thursday morning on Route 72 at Big Timber Road near Gilberts. Police said the man driving the car was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Libertyville.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • First responders from several area departments work to extricate Martin Baureis, 26, of Johnsburg, from his car Thursday in unincorporated Rutland Township. Sheriff's police said the car Baureis was driving veered into the path of an oncoming semitrailer and was hit head-on just east of Route 72 and Big Timber Road.

       First responders from several area departments work to extricate Martin Baureis, 26, of Johnsburg, from his car Thursday in unincorporated Rutland Township. Sheriff's police said the car Baureis was driving veered into the path of an oncoming semitrailer and was hit head-on just east of Route 72 and Big Timber Road.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters and Flight for Life crew members load a 26-year-old Johnsburg man into the helicopter Thursday morning after he was extricated from his vehicle.

       Firefighters and Flight for Life crew members load a 26-year-old Johnsburg man into the helicopter Thursday morning after he was extricated from his vehicle.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Kane County crash

 
 

A Johnsburg man was seriously injured Thursday when his vehicle collided with a semitrailer truck on Route 72 in unincorporated Rutland Township, police said.

Martin Baureis, 26, was taken by a Flight for Life helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries, according to Kane County sheriff's Lt. Pat Gengler.

He remained in critical condition Thursday evening, Gengler said.

"His condition is really bad," he said.

The driver of the semi was not injured.

The crash took place about 10:15 a.m. on Route 72, east of Big Timber Road.

Gengler said the truck was traveling east on Route 72 after stopping for the stop sign at Big Timber. As the truck approached a curve in the road, the driver, Michael Fritz, 47, of McHenry, observed the Toyota Corolla approach fast from the west, and cross the centerline and into the oncoming lane. Gengler said Fritz attempted to avoid the crash but was unable to do so.

First responders used nine fire extinguishers to put out a fire engulfing the Toyota, trying to keep flames from reaching the passenger compartment.

Pingree Grove Fire Department personnel extricated Baureis, who was pinned in the vehicle.

"This is the worst one I've ever seen," Fritz said of the crash.

Sheriff's deputies and members of the Kane County Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating. Route 72 was reopened at about 3 p.m. Thursday, Gengler said.

• Daily Herald photographer Christopher Hankins contributed to this story.

Collision: 'This is worst one I've ever seen'

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