Live power line falls into Des Plaines River after crash

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The scene of the crash. / Photo from Riverside police.

A live power line fell into the Des Plaines River Friday night after a chain-reaction crash in west suburban Riverside.

About 9:50 p.m., a black 2003 Acura collided with a bridge, then struck a wrought iron fence and then a ComEd pole near the intersection of Forest and Groveland avenues, according to a statement from Riverside police. That pole then split in half and pushed live electrical wires into the Des Plaines River.

Riverside residents who called 911 told dispatchers the ground felt electrified when they went outside, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old boy, refused medical treatment, police said. He was given a citation for driving too fast for conditions and driving without a license, police said.

The passenger, also a teenage boy, was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn with non-life threatening injuries.

ComEd was able to restore service to the affected area about eight hours later, police said.

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Photo from Riverside police.

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