ELGIN, Ill. (STMW) – A crash snarled traffic for three hours in northwest suburban Elgin Wednesday and knocked out power to hundreds of Commonwealth Edison customers.

State Street (Route 31) was closed for hours between Wing Street and Big Timber Road in Elgin.

Police said a 1999 Cadillac crashed into a utility pole along State Street near Frazier Avenue at about 1:25 p.m. The driver, 40-year-old Jose Gomez of Roselle, was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The blow knocked several power lines into the street and set the wooden pole on fire. Police blocked off the street until 4:45 p.m. while ComEd crews came to the scene and restored service.

ComEd spokesman Matt Levin said about 1,000 homes and businesses were left without power at the height of the blackout.

No charges had been placed against Gomez as of Wednesday evening.

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