Hit-and-Run Driver Snaps 2 Utility Poles on Dundee Rd Near Buffalo Grove Rd, Cuts Power to 610 ComEd Customers in Buffalo Grove


Driver takes out 2 utility poles with Jeep Grand Cherokee and runs away from scene on Dundee Road just west of Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove.

Buffalo Grove police and firefighter paramedics responded about 2:08 PM Saturday, July 20, 2019 to a report of a crash with entrapment at Buffalo Grove Road and Dundee Road. No driver’s were entrapped. In fact the suspected motorist that caused the crash fled on foot — possibly southbound through a residential neighborhood and past Nino’s Pizza.

Police and firefighter/paramedics on arrival discovered a Jeep Grand Cherokee off the road under a pole and power lines on the eastbound side of Dundee Road west of Buffalo Grove Road.

Witnesses said the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee fled the scene on foot, and possibly ran southbound from the scene. No description was available for the fleeing driver.

Initially no injuries were reported and there were no medical transports by paramedics. Another Jeep Wrangler type vehicle headed westbound on Dundee Road was hit by one or more of the downed lines that fell across Dundee Road as the crash occurred. The black Jeep was not involved in any crash with any other vehicle.

ComEd was on the scene within minutes working to repair the lines and utility poles that were damaged. At least one utility pole carrying primary lines snapped in half, and it appeared that the Jeep Grand Cherokee driver hit a utility pole in the eastbound parkway of Dundee Road, which snapped the pole near the base. A reaction from tension of lines across Dundee Road snapped a pole in the westbound parkway closer to the top of the second utility pole.

Power lines fell across the Dundee Road and were hit by a westbound black Jeep Wrangler type vehicle.

Buffalo Grove police and area police were searching for the driver.

The eastbound lanes of Dundee Road were opened about 3:15 PM and the westbound lanes were opened about 3:25 PM.


After a minor power outage, Nino’s will be closed for the rest of the evening, Saturday, July 20 and will re-open on Sunday, July 21 — normal business hours will apply.

We apologize for this inconvenience and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow !!!

Come show us how much you love Nino’s Pizzeria.

Enjoy your weekend.

— Nino’s

Nino’s, the popular pizzeria on Buffalo Grove Road, was able to complete at least some catering deliveries and pickups, but was unable to complete new orders because they had no electricity. At 5:39 p.m. Nino’s announced on their Facebook page that they had to close for the rest of the evening, and that they looked forward to opening for normal business hours on Sunday.

ComEd reported 610 electricity customers were without power Saturday afternoon after the crash as Chicago Executive Airport’s National Weather Service station reported 96°F. ComEd expected most customers to be restored by 4:15 p.m., and as of 8:15 p.m. there were 33 customers without power. The remaining 33 customers are expected to be restored by 10:00 p.m.

Fortunately moderate thunderstorms spread out the cooler air of an outflow boundary that crossed Nino’s patio deck at 3:37 p.m. — affecting most of Buffalo Grove about the same time. The air temperature suddenly dropped almost 20°F. Chicago Executive Airport reported a drop from 96°F to 77°F by 3:52 p.m.

ComEd Outage Buffalo Grove Saturday July 20, 2019
ComEd Outage Buffalo Grove Saturday July 20, 2019.

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Car vs pole hit-and-run crash Buffalo Grove

Jeep Grand Cherokee over sidewalk with broken utility pole and downed power lines
Jeep Grand Cherokee over sidewalk with broken utility pole and downed power lines.
Buffalo Grove police quickly opened a lane in each direction on Dundee Road after a crash involving a utility pole
Buffalo Grove police quickly opened a lane in each direction on Dundee Road after a crash involving a utility pole.