UPDATED 2:10 P.M. SUNDAY, OCT. 13:
A DeKalb woman was cited in an accident with multiple injuries involving a hayrack tractor ride and a vehicle that occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 near Plano.
The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Kaitlin Minick, 22, of the 800 block of West Hillcrest Drive, DeKalb, was driving west on River Road when her vehicle struck the back of the westbound hay wagon. Minick was treated and released on the scene.
Police said in the statement Minick was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The investigation continues, according to the news release.
Sheriff’s officials said about a dozen passengers on the hayrack were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
Little Rock Fox Fire Chief Greg Witek said Sunday, Oct. 13 fire officials were first dispatched to a crash involving a vehicle and hay wagon on River Road, near Blackhawk Road. He said the vehicle rear-ended the hay wagon being pulled by a tractor and ended up upside down and all 11 occupants of the hay wagon were ejected from the wagon.
“The hay wagon had all of the sides sides torn up and it was in pretty bad shape,” Witek said.
Witek said there were no children on board and no fatalities on scene.
Witek said the driver of the tractor and the two occupants of the vehicle were also treated at area hospitals following the incident. He confirmed all 14 people involved in the crash were transported to several area hospitals and were treated for injuries ranging from serious to minor cuts and scrapes.
The current condition of three wagon passengers that were found in serious condition at the scene has yet to be confirmed.
Witek said the fire protection district issued a mass casualty incident, meaning there were more patients involved in the incident than the initially-dispatched first responders could handle and patients were treated in order of the severity of their injuries. He said Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva helped with triage for all people involved in the crash and by contacting surrounding hospitals for available space in their emergency departments.
“For a terrible situation, that part worked really well,” Witek said.
Witek said police agencies that responded to the incident included Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, Plano Police Department, Yorkville Police Department and Sandwich Police Department. He said other reporting fire agencies included Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District, Oswego Fire Protection District, Sandwich Fire Protection District, Montgomery and Countryside Fire Protection District, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, Somonauk Community Fire Protection District, Newark Fire Department, Sheridan Fire Protection District and Big Rock Fire Protection District.
Sheriff’s officials said on Sunday, Oct. 13 that more information on the incident will come in a follow up news release from the agency.
• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.