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Teenage Boy, Man Rescued After Car Plunges Into Calumet River At Torrence Avenue Bridge; Man Later Dies

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A teenage boy and a man were rescued Sunday evening after a car plunged into the Calumet River on the city's Far South Side, but the man later died.

Witnesses said at 6:49 p.m., a man was driving north on Torrence Avenue near the bridge at what would be about 124th Street in the South Deering community, when the car went through a retention net and into the water as the bridge was going up. The bridge at the site is a vertical lift bridge, rather than a bascule bridge like the downtown Chicago bridges.

A 16-year-old boy was rescued by a passing boat, police said.

The Fire Department said the boy was taken to the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital. He was reported in good condition Sunday night.

The police Marine Unit searched for some time afterward for the man who had been driving. The Fire Department said the man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in grave condition when he was found.

The 38-year-old man later died at the hospital, police said.


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