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Update: Man in Critical Condition Following Route 59/Caton Crash

The man's identity has not been released. The driver of the second vehicle broke his wrist and suffered other minor injuries, Joliet police said.

Credit: Dion Melendez
Credit: Dion Melendez
By Karen Sorensen

Update/posted at 2:55 p.m. Monday: 

The victim in this morning's crash at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road is in critical condition, and no charges will be filed until police know the outcome of his medical situation and the result of blood tests, Joliet Police Cmdr. Al Roechner said.


The accident occurred at about 4:10 a.m. at the intersection of Route 59 and Caton Farm Road. The driver of the van, which had the right of way on sorthbound Route 59 when the car driver turned in front of him on to Caton Farm, suffered a broken wrist and other minor injuries, Roechner said. 

He was treated and released from Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.

Original story:

A man was seriously injured this morning in a two-car collision that occurred at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road.

It appears the man was headed northbound on Route 59, turning west onto Caton Farm Road, when his car was struck by a van heading southbound on Route 59, Joliet Police Cmdr. Al Roechner said. 


The van had the right of way, and struck the man's car on the passenger side with such force that both cars ended up on the grass in front of the BP station, Roechner said.

The man, whose identity was not available, was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Roechner called his condition "very bad."

More details will be available later in the day, he said.

Thank you to Patch readers Tony Filipelli and Dion Melendez for providing the photos that accompany this story.
Tony August 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I played golf at Wedgewood today and saw the van getting put on the flatbed, it wasn't damaged nearly as bad as the car.
mike August 26, 2013 at 05:20 PM
momof4 the posted speed limit is 45MPH and it was a full size van and not a mini-van. Lucky the driver of the van was in such a big van or they may have been killed. The police reported the driver of the van had the right of way.
Kristine Neumann August 26, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Raggedyann, I see many vehicles going through intersections long after a light has turned red, not making a left turn just going through. Everyone is in a hurry.
Robert Bobich August 26, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Timing on those lights is messed up multiple times I was the first car and the light changes while being in the intersection.
Nicki W August 27, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Very unfortunate but, lets not blame the lights. This was at 4:10 in the morning. There is no traffic at this time. This was him not paying attention regardless of the light. Lets say he did not see this van because it was a black van. Did the van have his headlights on? Then the van was viewable. There are so many factors here but, I do not believe the lights timing is one of them....Luckily my husband needed to leave the house earlier this morning to get gas or, he would have met up at this intersection at this exact time...

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