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Two hospitalized after crash in Joliet

JOLIET – One man was airlifted and another is facing charges after a four-vehicle crash Monday morning at Cass and Collins streets in Joliet.

Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said at 6:05 a.m. a 2002 GMC Envoy was stopped at a red light on eastbound Cass Street when it was rear-ended by a 2000 Ford Econoline van.

"The impact forced both of those vehicles into the intersection where they hit two other cars that were northbound in separate lanes," Gregory said.

Battalion Chief Jeff Carey said ambulance crews arrived to find police officers performing CPR on the driver of the Envoy. The 54-year-old Joliet man was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and later airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood with "severe head injuries," Gregory said.

The driver of the Econoline, Octavio Vargas, 53, of Joliet, was also taken to Silver Cross Hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. Gregory said Monday that charges against Vargas were pending and there were no indications drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

The other drivers – a 51-year-old Joliet man who was driving a 1989 Lincoln Towncar and a 35-year-old Joliet man who was driving a 2010 Ford Focus – refused medical treatment.

Joliet Police kept the intersection closed Monday morning while the traffic unit investigated the crash.

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