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Man expected to survive after 120 mph boat crash near Antioch

SHARE Man expected to survive after 120 mph boat crash near Antioch
SHARE Man expected to survive after 120 mph boat crash near Antioch

A man who was ejected from a boat that was going more than 120 mph during a drag race Thursday on a far north suburban lake is expected to live, police said.

The 59-year-old was taking part in a weekly race hosted by the Northern Illinois Drag Boat Association about 7:30 p.m. on Grass Lake in unincorporated Antioch, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Authorities estimate that the Bristol, Wisconsin, resident was topping 120 mph when his 17-foot boat hit “a possible wake in the water,” causing it to roll over several times and ejecting him, sheriff’s police said. He was wearing a life jacket and helmet.

The man was initially knocked out in the water, but he regained consciousness by the time sheriff’s marine unit deputies — who monitor the races every week — rescued him, police said. Paramedics took him to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, and he is expected to survive, police said.

The marine unit is investigating the crash.


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