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Crews replace utility pole damaged in Crystal Lake crash, close part of Route 31

Juvenile not injured after sliding down embankment into pole

CRYSTAL LAKE – Part of Route 31 was reduced to one lane Tuesday morning in Crystal Lake while utility crews worked to replace a pole damaged in a crash.

About 7 a.m. Tuesday, a teenager driving north on Route 31 lost control of a vehicle and slid because of icy road conditions, Crystal Lake Patrol Cmdr. Scott Miller said.

The vehicle left the roadway, traveled down an embankment and struck the utility pole. Miller said he believed the pole cracked, but its wires remained intact.

No power outages appeared on ComEd’s outage map.

The car’s air bags deployed, and the teenager was not injured. Miller said the individual was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

The Crystal Lake Police Department sent an alert at
8:46 a.m. Tuesday to warn motorists that northbound traffic on Route 31 north of Three Oaks Road was reduced to one lane so ComEd crews could replace a pole.

Repairs were expected to be finished Tuesday afternoon, according to the alert.

Between Sunday and Monday, McHenry County received between 4 and 6 inches of snow. The precipitation combined with below freezing temperatures made for slick roads Tuesday morning.

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