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Marengo man in fair condition; hit pole on Route 176

PRAIRIE GROVE – A 27-year-old Marengo man was listed in fair condition Friday night after his car crashed into a telephone pole along Route 176, police said.

Joseph Laudicina was going east at 3:57 p.m. in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am when he drove off the road just east of Bayview Beach Road and hit a telephone pole at a high rate of speed, Prairie Grove Detective Jim Page said.

Laudicina's car was bent in half and broke the telephone pole, Page said.

Laudicina was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was listed in fair condition, Page said.

Route 176 between Valley View and Nish Roads was closed for about 45 minutes.

Laudicina was charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed and failure to wear a seatbelt, police said.

– Joesph Bustos

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