A sport utility vehicle smashed into a tree Thursday morning in unincorporated McHenry County after it was re-ended by another vehicle, authorities said.
The crash required the SUV driver's hospitalization, but the heavy rainstorms in the area complicated the situation by preventing a rescue helicopter from getting to the scene, said Andrew Zinke, undersheriff for the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.
As a result, the Huntley Fire Protection District ended up taking the driver to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Zinke said.
According to police, the SUV, driven by an Algonquin man in his 80s, was pulling off from Diekman Road onto eastbound Marengo Road about 11 a.m. The second driver, a Huntley man in his 70s, was eastbound on Marengo Road and hit the right rear fender of the Algonquin man's SUV.
The SUV left the road, hit several mailboxes and rolled several times, ejecting the Algonquin man from the vehicle, according to a crash report. Zinke said the vehicle hit a tree.
The extent of the man's injuries are unknown and officials are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Charges against the Huntley driver are pending, the report said.