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Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews OK after car crash

Blackhawks captaJonathan Toews was not injured when he crashed his car Thursday morning inelevated-track support beam Lake Street.  |

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was not injured when he crashed his car Thursday morning into a elevated-track support beam on Lake Street. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

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Updated: February 23, 2012 5:20PM

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews was involved in a car crash Thursday morning in downtown Chicago, the team said. He was not injured.

The crash occurred while Toews was en route to the United Center, where the Hawks were holding their morning skate for their game Thursday against the Dallas Stars. The Hawks described the crash as “a minor one-car collision.”

At 9:22 a.m., Toews crashed his 2009 Mercedes Benz into a support beam on the CTA elevated tracks on Lake Street. Toews made a left turn from southbound Garvey Court on to east bound Lake Street. While merging into the right lane, Toews’ car struck the steel beam, Chicago police said. No citations were issued in the one-car crash. Toews was not administered a field sobriety test and refused medical treatment, police said. The vehicle was towed from the scene, police said.

Toews was issued a speeding ticket in June of 2010 in North Dakota for driving 1-10 m.p.h. above the speed limit.

Toews was already scheduled to miss his second game in a row with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after his team’s morning skate that Toews was “OK” and “progressing.” But Quenneville said it is still unknown whether Toews will travel with the team Friday to California for back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks this weekend.

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