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Man, 63, shocked by downed power line in critical condition

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man was critically hurt after he suffered an electric shock near a downed power line Monday afternoon in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

The incident happened about 4:35 p.m. at the intersection of 79th Street and South Martin Luther King Driver, police said. The electrical pole came crashing down after a dump truck raised its rear load and snagged a power line, said ComEd spokeswoman Kim Johnson.

The wires and pole then landed on top of an unoccupied SUV parked in an alley, police said. The man, 63, “accidentally” touched the vehicle and suffered an electric shock, police added.

He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, in critical condition, but his status has since stabilized, police said. According to Johnson, the man is not a ComEd employee.

Neither the dump truck nor power lines belonged to ComEd, Johnson said. While more than 1,200 customers were affected by the incident, power was restored within five hours, Johnson added.

However, Whitney M. Young Jr. Library – which is near the downed power line - is still without power. ComEd Crews were still working early Tuesday to restore service, Johnson said.

“This is an unfortunate incident,” Johnson said. “If there is a downed line and you’re not sure what is going on, assume that line is energized.”

No citations had been issued in relation to the incident as of early Tuesday, police said.

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