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Man ejected from vehicle after striking utility pole

NUNDA TOWNSHIP – A McHenry man was transported to the hospital in critical condition early this morning after striking a utility pole in Nunda Township, according to authorities.

Emergency responders were called to the 600 block of South River Road at around 12:30 a.m. for a report of a single-vehicle accident with injuries, according to the McHenry Township Fire Protection District. Crews arrived to find an SUV flipped over in a ditch, and the driver lying some 15-feet from the vehicle.

The man was traveling south on River Road when he left the roadway and struck several sign posts and a utility pole, which caused the vehicle to roll over onto its roof, fire officials said. The man was ejected from the vehicle upon impact. He was not wearing his seatbelt.

Speed and alcohol are considered to have played a role in the crash, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

The 26-year-old man was transported by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in critical condition.

The SUV sustained serious damage, and the utility pole was completely knocked over, authorities said. Power was knocked out for several residents in that area.

Utility crews were still on the scene this morning attempting to restore power, according to the ComEd website.

The incident is under investigation.

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