Two automobile crashes in Woodstock that occurred within a few minutes of each other both involved deputies from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, police said.

One sheriff’s deputy and one civilian were transported to local hospitals Aug. 30 following the pair of crashes, according to Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The first crash happened at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Highway 14 at around 6:24 a.m., Lieb said. The second crash, at 6:27 a.m., was at the intersection of Routes 120 and 47.

The deputy involved in the second incident was responding to the scene of the first crash, according to police.

Police respond Aug. 30 to a crash at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Highway 14. PHOTO: Alex Vucha/WFRD

“The deputy [in the accident at Lake Avenue and Highway 14] put out over the air that he’d been involved in a crash and believed he’d sustained an injury, so the deputy responding to that crash is when the second crash occurred,” Lieb said.

Citations were issued in each incident. For the crash at Lake Avenue and Highway 14, the initial investigation found a driver ran a red light and hit the deputy’s squad car, Lieb said. That person received a ticket for disregarding a traffic signal and for driving with a suspended license.

In the second incident, a driver received a citation for failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle. Lieb said the squad had its emergency lights on at the time of the crash.

The accident at Routes 47 and 120 resulted in a car hitting the front of a house at that intersection. Lieb did not know the extent of the damage caused by that crash. No one inside the home was injured.

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