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updated: 6/5/2012 8:49 PM

Four vehicle crash shuts down Lake Street in Bartlett

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A pickup truck rolled over into a telephone pole in a crash that involved a total of four vehicles and shut down Lake Street in Bartlett for more than an hour late Tuesday afternoon.

A 53-year-old South Elgin man was headed west on Lake Street in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when he rear-ended a Chevy Crossover that was either stopped or slowly moving in traffic near Roma Jean Parkway about 4:40 p.m., according to police.

The pickup truck then veered off the roadway, struck a large utility pole and rolled onto its side. Firefighters were able to free the truck driver quickly, and there were no injuries reported, officials said.

A third driver attempted to avoid being struck the by the pickup and struck a fourth vehicle, police said. A 2004 Lexus and a 2006 Honda Element were involved in the crash.

The driver of the pickup was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said.

Police shut down the eastbound and westbound lanes of Lake Street for about 90 minutes during the investigation, and the outside lane of westbound Lake street remained closed while crews repaired the utility pole as of about 7:45 p.m.

Crews responding to the crash were initially informed there might have been a live wire draped over the overturned vehicle, but the wires were telephones lines and the driver was not in danger of being electrocuted, fire officials said.

Multiple ambulances responded to the scene, but officials said the crash "looked a lot worse than it was," and no one was hospitalized.

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