5 Illinois State Police Squad vehicles hit on freeways during Thursday’s winter storm – NBC Chicago

Five separate collisions involving Illinois State Police troopers occurred Thursday as a winter storm battered parts of the state with several inches of snow.

In the first incident, at approximately 1:35 p.m., an FAI soldier was conducting traffic control on Interstate 55 near Sherman when a half-side swept the soldier’s squad car.

The fully marked patrol vehicle was stationary with its lights on, authorities said. Neither the soldier nor the driver were injured, police said.

Less than two hours later, an ISP soldier was on Interstate 39 near El Paso, attempting to close lanes for a multi-vehicle accident, when a series of collisions involving more than 100 vehicles occurred. produced. A pickup truck was pushed into the rear of the ISP’s vehicle during the collisions. No injuries were reported.

At approximately 4:27 p.m., an ISP soldier was traveling east on Interstate 72 in Sangamon County when a westbound driver struck the ISP car, police said. Neither the soldier nor the driver were injured, according to law enforcement.

Then, at approximately 6:30 p.m., an ISP Staff Sergeant was conducting traffic control on westbound Interstate 74 in Sangamon County when their squad vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer. According to the police, the driver did not yield to the emergency vehicle, slid on the road and crashed into the back of the officer’s police car.

That same evening in DuPage County, a State Police sergeant was assisting a driver on westbound Interstate 290 when the driver of a Chevrolet SUV failed to yield to the emergency vehicle, slid and hit the back of the Sergeant’s squad car.

The policeman and the driver suffered minor injuries and were taken to the local hospital for treatment.

According to the ISP, four of the five crashes were linked to violations of Scott, Illinois’ law, which requires drivers to approach an emergency vehicle with hazard or backup lights on to slow down and move, if it is safe.

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