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Illinois 3 reopens after car and van hit low powerline in Cahokia

Illinois 3 closed after crash causes downed power lines

Illinois 3 in Cahokia is closed as crews work to clean up downed power lines following a car crash on the state highway.
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Illinois 3 in Cahokia is closed as crews work to clean up downed power lines following a car crash on the state highway.

Police have reopened Illinois 3 in Cahokia after it was closed for several hours after a car and a van hit a low-hanging power line on Friday afternoon.

The northbound and southbound lanes of the highway were closed from Ruby to Stolle Road, the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency reported.

Herb Simmons, director of the agency, said that when the power lines were struck, several utility poles were damaged.

The agency reported early Saturday that the highway had reopened.

Ameren spokeswoman Kelly Hendrickson said the sagging line had been caused by a broken cross arm on a transmission line pole.

Since the lines damaged were from a transmission line, Ameren was able to quickly reroute power to the area and there was not a power outage caused by the collision.

No injuries were reported.

Along with the Cahokia Police Department, firefighters from Cahokia and Prairie DuPont responded to the accident site.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.
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