Publish Date: 2023, 03, 08
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, IL — An ISP trooper was sent to a hospital early Wednesday after their squad car was hit by a truck tractor on Interstate 74 near Ogden, reports WCIA.
The collision occurred on the westbound interstate near Exit 197 into the city, at about 2:00 a.m.
According to the Illinois State Patrol, the trooper was working to direct traffic off the highway to make space for a construction zone west of the area. They were sitting in a marked ISP car behind barricades set up near the exit ramp. At one point, the vehicle was hit on the rear-driver’s side by a truck tractor that was towing three additional truck tractors.
Authorities said the striking driver, a 46-year-old Urbana resident, had failed to heed the traffic directions, traveled through the barricades and collided with the exit sign just before hitting the squad car.
First responders transported the trooper to a local hospital. Though no details on the patient’s condition have been disclosed, they are expected to make a recovery.
The truck tractor driver received a ticket for violating Scott’s Law and for failing to reduce speed to avoid the crash.
Following the wreck, the closure of westbound I-74 was extended to the Fithian exit. By 10:30 a.m., about seven and a half hours after the initial report, all lanes were reopened.
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